Lake Elsinore Man, 29, Arrested After Knife Attack, Fight

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A 29-year-old Lake Elsinore man was taken into custody after allegedly attacking several patrons at a business, authorities said Tuesday.


Johnathan Schmidt was arrested after allegedly attacking patrons at an establishment in Lake Elsinore. (Credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

Lake Elsinore police officers were called to an establishment in the 31000 block of Riverside Drive (map) just after 11 p.m. Sunday for an assault with a deadly weapon.

When they arrived, they found a man who had been cut with a knife when attempting to stop other people from fighting, according to a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim had injuries that were not life-threatening. It was not clear what kind of business the attack took place in.

Alleged attacker Johnathan Schmidt fled the scene in a dark green Ford Explorer, in which he was stopped by officers on patrol in Wildomar, about 8 miles from the original altercation. Schmidt allegedly had a knife with him in the SUV.

During the course the investigation, it was determined that Schmidt had attacked the victim and several others at the establishment,” the news release read.

Schmidt was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and battery. He was booked into Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

He was released Monday on $25,000 bail and was expected in court on June 6, county inmate records indicate.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Officer Melendez at the Lake Elsinore Police Department at 951-245-3300, or after hours at 951-776-1099.