Vacaville teen faces felony trial in throat-slashing case

By From page A5 | July 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A 15-year-old Vacaville boy faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life behind bars after allegedly slashing the throat of another teen who laughed at him for falling off a bicycle.

Samuel B. Reyes, being prosecuted as an adult, was ordered Monday to stand trial on attempted murder and felony assault charges for what happened on the afternoon of March 3 after classes ended at Will C. Wood High School, according to testimony at Reyes’ probable cause hearing.

Reyes was pedaling a borrowed bike along Marshall Road, passing groups of students walking home from school, when he took a tumble. A group of nearby teens began laughing at Reyes, who responded by charging up to one of the teens and asking him if he was laughing at him. When the teen said yes, the wounded boy testified that Reyes’ response was to punch him in the face four times while clenching an open pocket knife, which sliced into the left side of the boy’s neck.

It took 18 stitches for doctors to close the wound.

Reyes was identified and arrested by Vacaville police three days later. The detective who arrested Reyes testified that Reyes explained that when he started hitting the other student, he had forgotten he had the knife in his hand.

Reyes is scheduled to be back in court July 21 to be arraigned on the felony charges. He remains in juvenile hall, where he has been locked up since March.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

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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  • Forgot about the knifeJuly 07, 2014 - 9:28 pm

    Same thing happened to me just the other day, I was helping a little 'ol lady cross the street and forgot I had an open knife in my hand and accidentally slashed her throat.

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  • boomJuly 08, 2014 - 8:47 am

    It was a hard way to learn the lesson, but that's why you don't laugh at people when they hurt themselves.

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  • ...July 08, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    And if he had died?

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  • boomJuly 08, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    Well, if he died, then he wouldn't be around to learn, now would he?

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  • JimboJuly 08, 2014 - 10:00 am

    I picture a poor over spanked teen monkey with multiple stab wounds.

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