LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A man was convicted today of fatally stabbing the 3-year-old daughter of two of his co-workers at a downtown Los Angeles garment factory on Halloween 2016 and attacking a woman at another factory nearly eight months earlier.
Jurors found Ricardo Augusto Utuy, 37, guilty of first-degree murder for the attack on Ruby Vasquez of Los Angeles, who was stabbed multiple times with a knife as she went to give her father a cookie at a factory in the 800 block of McGarry Street, near Eighth and Alameda streets. The tot was rushed to a hospital, but doctors were unable to save her.
Utuy was also convicted of attempted murder for the stabbing of a woman at another downtown Los Angeles factory on March 10, 2016, and jurors also found true a sentence-enhancing knife-use allegation.
The Guatemalan national was arrested by Los Angeles police the day after the attack on the toddler and has remained behind bars since then.
He is facing 30 years to life in state prison, with sentencing set for Sept. 23 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.