A man who stabbed a family friend during a financial dispute in the victim’s Chula Vista home last year was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in state prison.
Brandon Pabilona Ancho, 37, was convicted of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and home invasion burglary in connection with the Feb. 1, 2014, incident in the 300 block of East James Street.
According to Chula Vista Police, Ancho entered the home of 63-year-old Julian Cruz and his wife, then began questioning the couple about a business matter related to Ancho’s former employment. An argument developed and escalated into a physical confrontation.
Ancho pulled out a large knife from his pants pocket and attempted to stab Cruz’s wife in the back, police Capt. Lon Turner said, adding that her husband intervened and was stabbed in the abdomen and chest.
“Both victims fled their residence through a back door and scaled a fence into a neighboring yard to escape,” Turner said.
Cruz sought treatment at a local trauma center and survived. His wife was not injured.
Deputy District Attorney Matthew Williams said Ancho’s mother was part- owner of a business until she died and Ancho had gone to confront Cruz about money he (the defendant) thought he had coming to him.
Ancho — who had a battery with serious bodily injury conviction from 2004 in Nevada — was arrested at his parents’ Spring Valley home two days after he stabbed Cruz in Chula Vista.
—City News Service