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Alleged cabbie stabber fit for trial
October 12, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Amanda Aldeguer

The 22-year-old woman accused of stabbing a cab driver as he drove her from a Daly City shopping center back home to Pacifica and stealing his taxi is mentally fit to stand trial on attempted murder and weapon charges.

Amanda Jenille Aldeguer, who was committed to Napa State Hospital, is now able to aid in her own defense, ruled Judge Craig Parsons based on reports from doctors at the facility.

Both the prosecution and Aldeguer’s defense attorney submitted the reports to the court for a decision on her competency rather than request a trial on the question. Parsons determined she was mentally restored and reinstated criminal proceedings. She will have a preliminary hearing Nov. 14.

Aldeguer previously pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, assault and carjacking charges.

Pacifica police arrested Aldeguer March 16 after her mother called 911 for medical help after seeing an injury on her hand. Authorities connected it to an earlier stabbing and carjacking report in the area of West Manor Drive and Esplanade Avenue. At that call, they found a bleeding man, a driver for Serra Yellow Cab, who said a woman he picked up at Serramonte Center pulled out a knife during the trip to Pacifica and stabbed him in the neck. As he resisted, she continued to stab, he said. After the driver stopped the car and fled, the woman later identified as Aldeguer got into the front seat and drove away. Police found the car near a Pacifica park with a knife inside. The car’s video camera recorded the attack, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Aldeguer was apprehended in South San Francisco.

She remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 .


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