Stabbing suspect arrested, pleads not guilty
BARSTOW • A Barstow man originally arrested for attempted murder pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assault charges in the Aug. 28 stabbing of a Barstow man.
For weeks police searched for Douglas “DJ” Zamora, 28, after they believed he stabbed a 20-year-old man during a fight at a small gathering.
Zamora was able to celebrate his birthday before police learned of his whereabouts and arrested him. Through an anonymous tip, police located Zamora in the block of 1300 Mirage Drive and arrested him without incident Monday.
Police believed Zamora and the victim were in an ongoing feud when the two met at the gathering in the 1800 block of Sunrise Street. The two walked out to the street to fight, police said, when Zamora “brought a knife to a fist fight.”
The victim sustained cuts on his forearms and minor puncture wounds in his abdomen, Libby said. He was first taken to Barstow Community Hospital where hospital personnel contacted police, according to a police report. He was later airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. His injuries were serious, though not life threatening.
Zamora was originally booked for attempted murder, though he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He also faces sentence enhancements for previous felony convictions.
In San Bernardino County, Zamora has been convicted for burglary, vandalism, spouse battery, driving under the influence and obstructing or resisting a peace officer.
During an arraignment Wednesday, Zamora pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 26 for a pre-preliminary hearing.
He is currently being held at West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $1 million.
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