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Woman to trial for allegedly stabbing cabbie
December 05, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Amanda Aldeguer

A 22-year-old woman who spent several months in a state mental hospital after her arrest for allegedly stabbing a taxi driver transporting her back home to Pacifica from a Daly City shopping center will stand trial on attempted murder, carjacking and weapons charges.

Amanda Jenille Aldeguer has pleaded not guilty to the charges but was held to answer after a judge found sufficient evidence at a preliminary hearing in which one officer testified and the cab’s videotape of the stabbing was played.

A prosecution request to hike bail to $1 million was denied and Aldeguer remains held in lieu of $500,000.

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.

Before Aldeguer could have a preliminary hearing, her attorney expressed doubts about her competence for trial and she was ultimately committed to Napa State Hospital. She returned to San Mateo County after hospital staff concluded she had been restored to competence.

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



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