Dr. Donna Kashani, a child and adolescent psychiatrist in La Jolla, testified she and her husband, Robert Bobbett, were the ones attacked on Oct. 28, 2017 just after they returned from a Washington, D.C. conference.
“We were viciously attacked… in broad daylight,” said Kashani about the incident in a long term parking lot near the San Diego International Airport.
Bobbett, a vice president of an IT company in San Diego, was stabbed six times and said he spent six days in the hospital.
Alberto Moreno Jauregui, now 19, stared at the couple as they were reading their statements before San Diego Superior Court Judge Polly Shamoon.
“You put me in a headlock at knifepoint,” said Kashani to Jauregui, adding that her husband wrestled the knife away from him and “he saved my life.”
Jauregui pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to attempted murder and admitted he caused great bodily injuries with a knife. Shamoon imposed nine years plus three years for the great bodily injuries allegation and one year for the knife.
“You cowardly attacked her from behind and held a 10-inch kitchen knife,” said Bobbett to Jauregui.
Bobbett said he recalled offering his car keys, and wallet, but Jauregui only wanted to kidnap his wife.
Bobbett said Jauregui yelled “I’m going to (expletive) kill her!” and screamed “die, die, die!”
Bobbett said the stab wounds struck his left kidney and he had no feeling in a finger that was severely cut.
“We are both good people. What a horrible choice you made,” said Bobbett. “You are nothing but a small detour.”
Jauregui responded in court by yelling he didn’t have access to mental health treatment.
Jauregui fled the scene of the attack but Harbor Police arrested him on Nov. 7, 2017.
Bobbett said they have since installed a high end security system for their home. He said he has frequent nightmares about the attack.
The judge dismissed other charges of attempted carjacking, two counts of felony assault to both the man and his wife, and attempted kidnapping.
“This was a horrible, violent, vicious attack,” said Shamoon.
She gave him credit for serving 428 days in jail and fined him $4,124.
Criminal proceedings had been suspended against Jauregui since March after his attorney doubted his mental competency to stand trial. However, another judge found him mentally competent on Oct. 3 and proceedings against Jauregui resumed.