ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 12WF2895
Date: April 3, 2015
WESTMINSTER – A man was convicted today for the attempted murder of a female jogger by stabbing her multiple times. James Anthony Rivas, 20, Rossmoor, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and mayhem, with sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and the personal use of a deadly weapon. He faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in state prison at his sentencing, May 22, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department W-9, West Justice Center, Westminster.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2012, Rivas, then 18 years old, approached 27-year-old Jane Doe, who was jogging through a residential neighborhood in Rossmoor.
Rivas ran up behind Jane Doe who turned around and confronted the defendant. Rivas then stabbed Jane Doe multiple times with a knife as he knocked her to the ground and got on top of her. The defendant cut the victim’s face, back, arm, and hand. Jane Doe knocked the knife out of his hand and Rivas fled the scene after a neighbor heard screaming and came outside. Jane Doe was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
At approximately 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2012, Orange County Sheriff’s Department detectives, who investigated this case, arrested Rivas.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Brett Brian of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff