Pico Rivera man pleads not guilty to knife attack on grandmother

WHITTIER — A Pico Rivera man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of attempted murder, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing of his 76-year-old grandmother earlier this month.
Joseph David Torres, 22, entered his plea in Whittier Superior Court, where he was ordered to return Sept. 23 for a preliminary hearing setting, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
He’s accused of stabbing and severely wounding his grandmother Aug. 8 during an argument at the home they shared in the 5500 block of Bridgeview Avenue in Pico Rivera.
The woman had told Torres he needed psychiatric help when he became enraged and attacked her, investigators said. His grandfather called 9-1-1 after discovering the woman wounded and Torres standing over her with a knife in-hand.
According to county booking records, Torres was being held in lieu of $530,000 bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.
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