A man accused of stabbing his wife in Vista and taking two of their four children pleaded not guilty Thursday to two felony charges of domestic battery.
Juan Gonzalez, 38, appeared in court in connection to the alleged stabbing on Sunday evening at First Lutheran Church on the 1400 block of Foothill Drive.
A judge ordered $120,000 bail – the highest amount allowed under law for those charges – despite the defense’s request for $50,000 bail.
The incident followed an argument that began at a friend’s nearby apartment, where he’s accused of punching her repeatedly.
Prosecutors said he then took his two children, ages 1 and 3, and sat outside in a pickup truck.
“She decided she wanted to go out there and bring her children back in the house,” said Deputy District Attorney Ryan Saunders.
That’s when another argument took place and Gonzalez allegedly stabbed her once in the abdomen, Saunders said.
Saunders said Gonzalez left with his kids and was later found staying at his parents’ house in Riverside.
If convicted of the charges against him, Gonzalez could face up to 11 years in prison.