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Teen slashed in altercation

Posted: April 28, 2009 12:00 p.m.
Updated: April 28, 2009 1:50 p.m.
A knife attack at a Saugus church sent one local teenage boy to the hospital and another teenage boy away in the custody of sheriff's deputies Tuesday morning, a sheriff's spokesman said.

A 17-year-old male student at Mission View Public School allegedly slashed a 16-year-old fellow student in the multi-purpose room at the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church on Bouquet Canyon Road, said Lt. Mark Hershey of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Mission View School, a Santa Clarita charter school, was using the Saugus church's multi-purpose room for standardized testing.

During the testing, the suspect and the victim got into an altercation at about 9:45 a.m. The suspect, with a knife in hand, swung at the victim and slashed the 16-year-old across the head.

The victim was treated at the church by L.A. County firefighters/paramedics, then taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. He was released from the hospital with what was described as a minor injury that didn't require stitches, said Jeff Brown, Mission View Public School founder.

After the slashing, the suspect fled on foot south on Bouquet Canyon Road into the parking lot of the Bouquet Center shopping mall, Hershey said.

As the suspect ran, he allegedly discarded his knife in the Wendy's parking lot in the shopping center. Deputies tracked down the teen in the Bouquet Center shopping mall at 10:30 a.m., he said.

Deputies arrested the suspect and took him to the Sheriff's Station. where he was booked on a charge of attempted murder. The suspect will be held at the Sylmar Juvenile Hall without bail pending future court appearances.


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