A 16-year old boy who allegedly stabbed a 16-year old Black girl on June 6 in a potential hate crime was scheduled for a readiness hearing on June 6 in juvenile court. However, that hearing has been postponed until June 21.
A readiness hearing is the second court appearance for a minor where they may accept an offer from the district attorney.
In this case, the underage boy, who is white, allegedly stabbed the victim in her back around 11 p.m. on April 16 in the 12000 block of Mapleview Street in Lakeside, then left the scene of the crime with his companions.
The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries.
Between April 16-17, Sheriff’s deputies determined the suspect and a group of teenagers had approached the victim and her family about an earlier assault and began yelling racial slurs at them.
A 15-year old girl was also arrested based on information and witness statements in the ongoing investigation, and booked into juvenile hall on attempted murder and hate crime charges.
The Sheriff’s department held a community town hall on April 19 where several people said the incident was indicative of racism in East County.
No personally identifying information can be released by the Sheriff as the parties involved are all juveniles and there was no indication of why the readiness hearing was postponed.