Vacaville man pleads not guilty in box cutter case

By August 12, 2011

FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony assault charge before being arrested, jailed and ordered back to court Tuesday.

Rocky S. Lujan had been free on $40,000 bail since his arrest last month for an assault in the parking lot of Depot Food & Liquor in Vacaville.

During Lujan’s brief court appearance, prosecutors got Lujan’s bail upped to $150,000.

Lujan, 27, was walking through the Markham Avenue parking lot around 2 a.m. on the night of July 15 when he encountered the brother of his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend sitting in a parked car.

Lujan allegedly pulled a box cutter and started stabbing the brother repeatedly in the chest, leaving several slash wounds.

A week later, Lujan was arrested at his home for the stabbing after a two-hour standoff with police. Lujan’s girlfriend and a 2-year-old at the home were unhurt during the standoff. After Lujan’s arrest, nearly an ounce of methamphetamine was found in the home. Police also seized three box cutters.

After Lujan originally posted bail, the victim’s grandmother got a restraining order against Lujan protecting her family. The grandmother lamented the logic of stabbing somebody just because they are related to someone you dislike.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or at [email protected]

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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