Man pleads not guilty to attempted murder in Huntington Beach knife attack

Mike Enders, 23, of Westminster pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony charges related to an attack in Huntington Beach on Jan. 17, authorities said.
(Daily Pilot)

A Westminster man pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder and other felonies related to a knife attack this month in Huntington Beach.

Mike Enders, 24, faces one count of attempted murder, one count of second-degree robbery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, according to the criminal complaint. He also denied sentencing enhancement allegations of premeditation, inflicting great bodily injury and personally using a deadly weapon, court records show.

A man got in the passenger seat of a stationary vehicle in the 16900 block of Gothard Street at about 7:45 p.m. Jan. 17 with the intent to give another man $500 in cash, the Huntington Beach Police Department said Tuesday.

During the transaction, police said, the second man produced a knife and tried to stab the victim, whom he knew.


The victim was able to block the knife with his hand and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The attacker fled.

Enders was later identified as a suspect and was arrested Thursday, police said.

Enders was booked into Orange County Jail with bail set at $1 million, according to jail records. He is scheduled back in court Feb. 10, according to court records.

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