California man found guilty of brutal stabbing, trying to kill 18-year-old girlfriend

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LOS ANGELES — A 25-year-old man has been found guilty of brutally stabbing his 18-year-old girlfriend in Temple City two years ago.

A jury found Matthew Fay Echauri of Arcadia guilty late Thursday of four felony counts: one count each of attempted murder and mayhem as well as two counts of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime with force and violence.

The jury also found true allegations that Echauri personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the crime and that Echauri personally inflicted great bodily injury upon the victim under circumstances involving domestic violence.

Deputy District Attorney Melanie Buccat said that on the afternoon of March 2, 2017, Echauri got into an argument with his girlfriend in front of her Temple City home.

As the victim began walking away from Echauri, he pulled out a knife and began stabbing his girlfriend in the back while on a neighbor’s lawn, according to court testimony.

During the attack, Echauri stabbed the victim in the head, face and body. After the brutal assault, Echauri fled the scene, the prosecutor added.

Later that evening, a concerned citizen called police to notify them that Echauri was involved in the stabbing earlier in the day, the prosecutor said.

Two days later and while in local custody, Echauri called the victim and threatened her if she cooperated with law enforcement, according to witness testimony.

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