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Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Stabbing, Attempted Rape in Santa Monica
 

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By Lookout Staff

January 26, 2021 -- A Los Angeles man convicted of stabbing a woman multiple times and attempting to rape her during a 2018 home invasion robbery near Downtown was sentenced to life in state prison this month.

Rashad Devon Harris, 28, was found guilty on December 20 of six counts in connection to the incident that took place on February 23 in the 1700 block of 5th Street.
Rashad Devon Harris

The charges were attempted rape, burglary, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem and criminal threats, police said.

Harris was charged with stabbing the female victim multiple times with a knife he took from her kitchen, police said. The victim fought back, inflicting a wound on his hand before he fled.

When officers arrived, they found the victim "bleeding from lacerations on her hands, arms and forehead," said Lt. Rudy Flores.

"The victim told officers she was alone in her apartment when an unknown person entered and demanded money," Flores said.

"The suspect tried pushing the victim into another room" when she began to fight back, he said.

"The suspect armed himself with a knife and slashed at the victim several times, as she continued to fight him off and yell for help."

The suspect eventually fled from the location, and the victim was able to call 9-1-1.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where she underwent surgery ("Woman Stabbed Multiple Times During Home Invasion in Santa Monica," February 23, 2018).

Detectives linked Harris to the crime based on evidence collected and forensic processing of the crime scene.

Police located and arrested Harris without incident at the Van Nuys Probation Office in the San Fernando Valley.

Harris was held at the Los Angeles County Jail without bail after charges were filed.

He was convicted on all counts "after a lengthy court and trial process," Flores said.


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