Lake Elsinore Slasher Pleads Guilty

Antoine Andre Wong Jr., 21, could face more than four years in prison when he's sentenced by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton on Aug. 29.

pleaded guilty today to assault with a deadly weapon and a sentence-enhancing great bodily injury allegation.

Antoine Andre Wong Jr., 21, could face more than four years in prison when he's sentenced by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton on Aug. 29.

Wong dropped his not guilty plea following negotiations between his public defender and the District Attorney's Office. According to minutes from today's status conference at the Southwest Justice Center, prosecutors agreed to discount a prior felony strike in exchange for the defendant's acknowledgement of responsibility for the July 21 attack.

He had outstanding felony warrants for his arrest in connection with the lakeside slashing and other alleged crimes, according to sheriff's Sgt. Patrick Chavez.

Chavez said that in the predawn hours of July 21, Wong got into a confrontation with a 21-year-old swimmer who was arguing with members of his family near Lakeshore Drive and Kellogg Street.

Wong and his friends mistakenly believed the squabble was about them and approached the family, leading to an exchange of words, Chavez said.

"The mother of the victim intervened, at which time the suspect punched her," Chavez said. "The victim defended his mother and was punched by the suspect."

Wong also allegedly slashed the man, identified in court documents as Joseph M., who didn't realize he was bleeding profusely until Wong had fled, according to Chavez.

The victim was rushed to a hospital and stabilized. Wong was identified soon afterward, but remained at large for more than three weeks.

Wong has a prior misdemeanor conviction for vandalism, according to court documents.

Teller of Truth August 23, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Punched a Mother, slashed her son & fled the scene! What a fine upstanding man!
Edison Carter August 23, 2012 at 05:14 AM
1 wong doesn't make a right.
Diana August 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Yeppers and he will plea bargain and probably get probation and community service.
Peaches1960 August 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
How can they plea bargain away a previous felony strike? Aren't these charges felonies too? He should be put away for a long long time.
Constant Comment August 23, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Hope August 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I just can't believe that he will serve or faces 4 years. Come on! Punches someone in the face and then slashes someone? What if the victim died? Would he double his sentance? This is clearly indicative of what is wrong with society. In my opinion the consequence does not match the crime.
Hope August 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Too funny!
Constant Comment August 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Yeah...what is wong with this picture? }~)
Roberto August 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
We cannot afford to lock anyone up because of the the large gratuitious givernment pensions. Add this to the do-gooders wanting to lock everyone up for everything, mentally ill in prison and you have violent scumbags walking free. We need to focus on real crime, violent crime, white collar crime, reasonable salaries for givernment employees...not made up or victimless crime that Rail Road Counties Corrupt D.A. persuse trying to look tough on crime. The low hanging fruit is not always the correct fruit to pick
ashley August 26, 2012 at 04:17 AM
he almost died an inch away from his jugular and got almost 300 stiches
ashley August 26, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Hope August 28, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Holy cow! Thank goodness it didn't get his jugular!
Anita Drink October 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Mr Wong does not look Korean to me? I'm sure that's an AKA
jill smith October 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Yikes ,look at the slant, had it been lower he may have gotten the jugular vein and the carotid artery!


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