Group of six plead not guilty to stabbing woman in Burbank

Six reputed gang members have pleaded not guilty to charges that they stabbed a 21-year-old Pacoima woman last month in Burbank, officials said.

The group includes four Los Angeles men — Juan Carlos “Pirana” Reyes, 19, Paul “Goofy” Pineda, 34, Christopher “Chris” Castellanos, 18, and Michael Joseph “Lil Bandit” Vaca, 15 — a Los Angeles woman, Ingrid “Cookie” Quintanilla, 20, and a Las Vegas man, Jesse Pineda, 22.

They were each charged with two counts of attempted murder — the second count stemming from a separate shooting that same day — and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court complaint. They all pleaded not guilty in court Friday.

On Feb. 9 at about 2 a.m., a Burbank resident called the police after hearing someone screaming outside.

The victim, who had been stabbed multiple times in the neck and body, showed up at a home in the 200 block of Griffith Park Drive pleading for help.

While details on what motivated the stabbing were not available, the suspects had been passing through Burbank with the victim and they appeared to all know each other, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

The victim remains in critical condition, Ryburn said.

The suspects are due back in court in May.

-- Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News

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