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Man accused of attempted double murder

December 13, 2012

By KRIS REILLY, Editor

LUCERNE VALLEY • A Lucerne Valley man was arraigned Tuesday on attempted murder charges after he allegedly stabbed two acquaintances during a night of partying, authorities said.

Arys Quesada Vidal, 53, is being held on $2 million bail at the Adelanto Detention Center as he awaits a pre-preliminary hearing next week at the Victorville courthouse.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Staci Johnson, Vidal was hanging out with the two victims on the night of Dec. 8 at a residence in the 31800 area of Sunrise Road.

Johnson said Vidal became "enraged" for unknown reasons and grabbed a kitchen knife. He stabbed a female victim once and stabbed a male victim at least three times, Johnson said.

Neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries, and both were treated and released at the scene, Johnson said.

Deputy Justin McLean responded to a 911 call and arrested Vidal at the location. Vidal appeared to be intoxicated, Johnson said. While inside McLean's patrol car, Vidal allegedly kicked out the rear window, resulting in a felony vandalism charge to go with the two attempted murder charges.

Johnson said the suspect's exact relationship to the victims was unknown.

Vidal pleaded not guilty at Tuesday's arraignment. He was also booked on a $25,000 misdemeanor warrant related to a charge of driving on a suspended or revoked license.