Lindbergh Field Terminal 1.
Lindbergh Field Terminal 1. Photo by Chris Stone

Criminal proceedings were reinstated Wednesday against a 19-year-old man who allegedly jumped a woman, threatened her with a knife and stabbed her husband while making a failed attempt to steal their car at Lindbergh Field a year ago.

On the day of his mental competency trial, Alberto Jauregui’s attorney stipulated to a doctor’s finding that the defendant was mentally competent to face charges of premeditated attempted murder, assault, attempted carjacking and attempted kidnapping.

Jauregui faces life in prison if convicted.

Late on the afternoon of Oct. 28, 2017, Jauregui allegedly confronted a North County couple as they were putting items in their vehicle in a parking lot off the 3300 block of Admiral Boland Way, on the north side of the airport.

Jauregui allegedly brandished a knife, grabbed the woman around the neck and demanded the keys to the couple’s car. Her husband intervened, suffering several stab wounds before the assailant ran off.

Medics took the seriously wounded man to a hospital, where he was admitted and treated for several days before being released, according to Harbor police Lt. Eric Womack.

Jauregui, a U.S. citizen who is known to stay both in San Diego and Baja California, will be back in court Oct. 15 for a readiness conference and Nov. 14 for a preliminary hearing.

–City News Service