Man convicted of attempted murder for stabbing girlfriend after breakup

A 33-year-old man was convicted of stabbing his ex-girlfriend multiple times in the arms and chest after she tried to break up with him, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Miguel Roman Gutierrez was convicted Thursday of premeditated attempted murder, evading an officer and mayhem.

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Jurors also found true special allegations that Gutierrez used a deadly and dangerous weapon — a knife — and that he committed great bodily injury to the victim.

The Bell attack took place in April 2014. Gutierrez was separated from his wife at the time and had a girlfriend he had been dating for three months, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Mariela Torres, who prosecuted the case.

The girlfriend realized Gutierrez was not going to get divorced, the prosecutor said, so she decided to break up with Gutierrez. Following the break up, the two went to the woman’s car and sat inside the vehicle, Torres said.

Gutierrez then asked the woman whether she would return, to which she replied no. He exited the car and asked again whether the woman would come back. As she started to drive away, Gutierrez made her stop the car, pulled out a knife and stabbed her 11 times in the arms and chest, Torres said. He almost severed the woman’s pinky, authorities said.

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Gutierrez then fled the scene, and the victim drove a block away and asked a bystander for help. She also called 911, Torres said.

Bell Police lost Gutierrez after a short chase, but he later was arrested in connection with the crime.

Gutierrez is scheduled to be sentenced next month. He faces a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison.

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