KINGS BEACH, Calif. — A 24-year-old Truckee woman faces a charge of attempted murder stemming from a January incident in which officials say she stabbed another woman numerous times at a home on Lake Tahoe's North Shore.
The incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at a residence on the 8500 block of North Lake Boulevard in Kings Beach, said Placer County Sheriff's Office Lt. John Giovannini in an interview this week, in what he described as a “love triangle” gone wrong.
Reading from an incident report, Giovannini said Angelica Yaret Arelleno, 24, of Truckee, drove to the Kings Beach residence and confronted the victim, a 21-year-old female.
Arelleno stabbed the victim — whose name was not released — numerous times with a knife, Giovannini said. The victim, described as much smaller than Arelleno, was able to wrestle the knife away, and she stabbed Arelleno at least twice in self defense, “inflicting very serious wounds ... one resulted in a punctured lung.”
All this happened, Giovannini said, while the victim's 21-month-old daughter watched.
“It was fairly brutal; this wasn't just a simple stabbing,” he said.
Arelleno fled the scene and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee by a friend, Giovannini said. The victim was transported via ground ambulance to Tahoe Forest; she was treated and released 3-4 days later.
Arelleno was arrested at the hospital, Giovannini said, and was eventually arraigned there on the attempted murder charge. “Some days later” she was transported to Placer County Jail in Auburn, where she remains.
Giovannini said Arelleno has since confessed to being the aggressor.
Details about her amount of bail and upcoming court dates are unknown as of this writing; calls seeking information from the Placer County District Attorney's Office have yet to be returned.