This is a developing story. To read from the beginning, start at the bottom.
Some charges against Alejandro Canche are dismissed
March 23, 2021
The latest hearing in the Alejandro Canche attempted murders case was held in a Redwood City courtroom yesterday. Defendant Alejandro Canche appeared via video. His defense attorney Steve Teich appeared personally, asking the judge where he was supposed to stand. Judge Susan Greenberg told him to stand "by a microphone."
“If you're going to kill someone, you don't use a box cutter.”
—Defense attorney Steve TeichAt the outset, Judge Susan Greenberg said she was concerned about "enhancements": specifically, the judge was concerned about some of the charges against the defendant that pertain to the victims who were stabbed along the Edgewater Isle bike path.
The prosecutor stated that the defendant used the same method on all three victims: attack by ambush. Defendant took a series of actions to attack the first victim along the bike path: Canche stepped in front of the bike rider and made decision to force victim off of his bike and jump on top of him. Canche is accused of stabbing the bike rider 23+ times, all while the victim was wearing a helmet, protecting from greater level of injury. The defendant is then accused of drawing in a passer-by, stabbing him in the neck.
Defense attorney Teich argued that there was no premeditation to kill. Teich also argued that the weapon used, a box cutter, is "a work tool." "If you're going to kill someone, you don't use a box cutter."
The prosecutor countered by saying that many stab wounds to the head, neck, and face, is not consistent with arguing that Canche was not trying to kill.
Judge Susan Greenberg dismissed the "premeditation" part of the attempted murder charges in regards to victims 2 and 3 (the victims along the bike path at Edgewater Isle) and left it standing for victim 1, the first victim at the San Mateo parking lot of BJ's Restaurant.
San Mateo Daily Journal reports "If convicted, his three attempted murder charges would lead to 20 years in prison instead of 30 to life if the premeditated portion stayed."
A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 5. The defendant remains in custody at San Mateo County Jail on $10,000,000 bail.
Trial date closer for suspect in attempted murders
January 8, 2021
Today in a Redwood City courtroom, attempted murders defendant Alejandro Canche appeared via video for a hearing. The defendant waived arraignment on the charges and the right to a speedy trial (normally 60 days after arraignment).
A pre-trial conference was set for April 5, 2021, and a trial readiness conference was set for July 9, 2021.
Canche held to answer for stabbings
November 30, 2020
UPDATE: December 3, 2020
In a Redwood City courtroom on November 13, a preliminary hearing was held for Alejandro ("Alex") Canche who is accused of multiple stabbings in San Mateo in 2019. The prosecutor called two police officers to the stand to testify about the aftermath of what they witnessed and experienced the night of October 28, 2019, along the bike path at Edgewater Isle.
One San Mateo Police officer testified that one of the victims of the assault had endured more than 20 stabbings, some hitting the victim's bicycle helmet, and enduring multiple wounds requiring a stay at Stanford Hospital.
Defense makes incredible statements
The defense attorney Steve Teich argued to the court that these assaults should not be considered "premeditated attempted murder" because the defendant did not know the victims, the defendant could not have planned the attacks because he did not know the victims, and that the "manner of attack" (stabbing with a box cutter) should not be considered for premeditated murder because Teich alleged that "Nobody uses a box cutter for premeditated, deliberated murder."
Steve Teich forgot about 9/11 hijackings
Most of us remember planes being jacked by men with boxcutters who murdered pilots to crash planes into buildings. Steve Teich argued "The statistics show that the use of knives is not usually something that is used for premeditated murder," while failing to provide any evidence or source for that statement. He further argued that while it may have been 23 cuts inflicted by Canche, a lot of them were superficial.
The judge was not impressed with this argument:
MR. TEICH: I don't think there's any evidence he intended to kill him. Certainly, no premeditation ahead of time.
THE COURT: The Court respectfully disagrees. When you stab somebody 23 times in the neck and head area, that you are trying to kill them.
Canche was held to answer (this is going to trial). The next hearing is December 3.
UPDATE: December 3, 2020: The hearing scheduled for today has been rescheduled until January 8, 2021.
Preliminary hearing date set for Alejandro Canche
October 7, 2020
In a Redwood City courtroom this morning, Alejandro Canche appeared via video conference at a hearing to set the date for the preliminary hearing in the attempted murders case and the two other cases pending against him.
Defense counsel Steve Teich said that a long-awaited report medical report from Dr Jeffrey Kline is still not in.
After multiple continuances, the preliminary hearing date was finally set for Friday, November 13 at 9:00 a.m. The defense intends to call one witness. The preliminary hearing is estimated to take 4 hours.
Canche remains in custody at the San Mateo County Jail with bail set at over $10,000,000. He has turned 20 since being held in jail.
Canche attorney apologizes: doctor is “very busy” and going on vacation.
September 1, 2020
Alejandro Canche's defense attorney Steve Teich appeared in a Redwood City courtroom today in the ongoing attempted murders case at Edgewater Isle. Canche appeared via Zoom video conferencing.
Teich explained that he has been waiting for a doctor's report. (Previous court records show the doctor as Dr Jeffrey Kline.) Just yesterday, Teich received word from that doctor that the report is not done. Teich explained that he had been assured by this doctor that the report would be completed by this date. But after Teich emailed the doctor "a number of times," the doctor finally replied yesterday that he (the doctor) has not completed the report because "he's very busy." And that the doctor "is going on vacation until late September."
Teich continued "I regretfully I have to ask the court to continue until early October, and I apologize to the court, counsel, and Mr Canche, but this report is critical as to how we're going to proceed. I've been assured that the report will be done by then." The People objected: "this has been put over a number of times for this very reason," but that objection appeared to be more for the court record than a bona fide objection.
Back on June 11, Teich said to the court:
"Dr Kline apparently now believes he can now conduct a psychiatric examination of the defendant during the week of June 15"
And back on August 7, Teich said to the court:
"...so we will have all the information in that time ...."
Teich did not say that the report *may not be ready* by September 1, but said that they would have "all of the information" they needed to proceed.
The matter was put over again, this time until October 7 at 9:00 a.m.
Canche preliminary hearing date held over, again
August 7, 2020
This morning in a Redwood City courtroom, Alejandro Canche appeared via Zoom video call to set the date for a preliminary hearing in the attempted murders case that occurred at Edgewater Isle in October 2019.
At the hearing, Canche's defense attorney Steve Teich seemed to speak to Canche in a childlike manner. Teich said to Canche: "Yesterday we discussed putting this matter over for three to four weeks until we could receive the report and then set the preliminary hearing. Remember we spoke about that?"
Canche replied "yes."
Teich then said "Okay, so that's what we're gonna do today. We're gonna put it over with your permission 'til September 1, which is three and a-half weeks to set the preliminary hearing so we will have all the information in that time to speak with you. Do you have any questions about that?"
Canche replied "no."
Next hearing is Tuesday, September 1.
Medical records received in Canche case
August 3, 2020
San Mateo County Superior Court, who is hearing the Alejandro Canche attempted murder cases, has indicated it has received the medical records that were sought by defense attorney Steve Teich, who had indicated on July 16 that he wanted a doctor to review them prior to setting a date for the preliminary hearing.
The Court indicates the records were received on July 23, so the upcoming hearing on August 7 should allow the preliminary hearing date to finally be set.
Canche preliminary hearing set date continued, again.
July 16, 2020
In a Redwood City courtroom today, Alejandro Canche appeared for a hearing intended to schedule a date for a preliminary hearing in the attempted murders case. Canche's defense attorney, Steve Teich, was appearing via Zoom, and he did not answer when the case was originally called. The case was passed to the end of the hearings.
When the case was called again, Steve Teich apparently had troubles with the Zoom video conferencing and did not appear. The deputy district attorney said that she spoke with Teich this morning, and that medical records have not been received. Teich had said he needs a doctor to review the records prior setting a date for the preliminary hearing. In what has become almost predictable, the hearing was not set and continued (rescheduled) again to August 7 at 9:00 a.m.
Medical records received in Canche case
August 3, 2020
The Court hearing the Alejandro Canche attempted murder cases has indicated it has received the medical records that were sought by defense attorney Steve Teich, who had indicated on July 16 that he wanted a doctor to review them prior to setting a date for the preliminary hearing.
The Court indicates the records were received on July 23, so the upcoming hearing on August 7 should allow the preliminary hearing date to finally be set.
Another hearing date set for Alejandro Canche
June 30, 2020
In a Redwood City courtroom this morning, Alejandro Canche appeared (via video) along with his defense attorney, Steve Teich, for a motion to compel production of evidence in Canche's attempted murder case.
The prosecutor representing The State of California did not have objections to the evidence that Teich sought, but that some of it had not been received: in particular, both sides are seeking medical records of the stabbing victims. The judge ruled the motion to compel to be moot and set another hearing to set the preliminary hearing date on July 16.
San Mateo Police Department statement on crime scene evidence
June 16, 2020
The San Mateo Police Department said in a statement responding to a question about the motion to compel production that they have "sent 34 digital recordings to the DA's office between 10/28 – 10/30/2019, and we received one investigative follow-up request on 4/16/2020."
Canche defense files a motion to compel production of crime scene evidence
June 12, 2020
Steve Teich, defense attorney for Alejandro Canche, late yesterday filed a motion to compel certain crime scene items from the San Mateo Police. Teich alleges that the San Mateo Police Department has not provided legally-required items to the defense. The motion states:
Defendant has previously requested photos taken of the crime scenes and evidence in the above entitled case by San Mateo Police Officers XXXXXX and xxxxxxx . Defendant has also repeatedly requested the digitally recorded statements from the three victims in this case: (1) xxxxxxxxxxxx and his girlfriend xxxxxxxx , (2) xxxxxxxxxx , and (3) xxxxxx recorded by Officer xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx of the San Mateo Police department....
Teich's motion is also requesting "court help" in obtaining the medical records of the three attempted murder victims.
Canche hearing continued, 4th time
June 11, 2020
Alejandro Canche appeared via video in a Redwood City courtroom this morning in front of Judge Jeffrey Finigan to set the date for a preliminary hearing in the pending attempted murder case and two other cases charged against him. For the fourth time, the date was not set but continued (postponed) to a later date.
Canche's defense attorney, Steve Teich, said the psychiatrist who would be doing an examination of the defendant has not been able to visit the defendant because of coronavirus in the San Mateo County Jail. The psychiatrist, Dr Jeffrey Kline, was first appointed or contracted back on or around February 5, 2020, over four months ago, before coronavirus was classified as a pandemic on March 11, 2020, and six weeks before San Mateo County issued its shelter-in-place order on March 17, 2020. Dr Kline apparently now believes he can now conduct a psychiatric examination of the defendant during the week of June 15.
Teich also said that he has not been able to get from the San Mateo Police the video statements of the three victims in the attempted murder case, and he would be filing a motion to compel production of these video statements. A hearing for the motion to compel, along with a hearing to set a date for the preliminary hearing, will be held on June 30.
Canche remains in custody at the San Mateo County Jail with bail set at over $10 million.
Hearing again delayed
April 8, 2020
Today in a Redwood City courtroom, the date to set a hearing for Alejandro Canche was again continued. This time to June 11, 2020.
February 13, 2020
On Tuesday, in the case against Alejandro Canche for the multiple stabbings at Edgewater Isle, a judge filed an order vacating the court-appointed psychiatrist for Alejandro Canche.
The defense attorney Steve Teich had filed a motion for a court-ordered psychiatrist, requesting one of three doctors: Dr Rami Mogannam (identified in court filings as a clinical forensic psychologist), Dr Doug Korpi, or Dr Jeff Kline to:
“...provide the defense with information needed so that the instant attorney [Teich] can be advised whether to enter a plea of insanity or present a defense based on his [Canche's] mental emotional condition.”
Teich further says:
“Defendant is indigent. He qualified for the County Defender. His family was able to put funds together to hire private counsel but could not afford to hire a psychotherapist to advise counsel.”
The court order of February 11, 2020, vacates the court order filed on February 7, 2020. The new court order states that the “Defendant should contact the Private Defender Panel to have them provide ancillary services to obtain and pay for such a doctor.”
February 5, 2020
At a hearing today in Redwood City, a court-appointed doctor was ordered to examine Alejandro Canche in accordance with California Evidence Code §§1017(a), EC 730, regarding the three violent stabbings on October 28 charged against Canche.
During the next hearing on Wednesday, April 8, a twice-delayed preliminary hearing may finally be set. Cache remains in custody on $10,075,000 bail for his three pending cases.
Bail set at $10 million for Canche
January 22, 2020
Today in a Redwood City courtroom, Judge Jeffrey Finigan set bail at $10 million for Canche's release. Judge Finigan believes that this not a case that continues to merit a “no bail” hold as allowed under the California constitution.
Also during today's hearing, Steve Teich, the defense attorney for Alejandro Canche, filed a declaration under seal, as he had hinted about in the last hearing on January 8. Teich's motion asks for the court to pay for a psychiatrist for Canche in some manner: details are unclear as his motion is under seal.
The next hearing is scheduled for February 5.
Canche pleads not guilty
January 8, 2020
Today in a Redwood City courtroom, Alejandro Canche's defense attorney, Steve Teich, entered “not guilty” pleas in the three violent cases pending against Canche, including the stabbings at Edgewater Isle. Teich also requested to have an ex-parte matter heard, but the deputy district attorney objected and the judge denied it, saying “that's not how we do things here.” Teich appeared to say that he'd make his application outside of this hearing.
On January 22 at 9:00 a.m., Canche is scheduled for a further hearing in Redwood City to set a date for a preliminary hearing.
GoFundMe campaign established for Canche defense
Cousin claims that Canche is “hearing voices”
December 27, 2019
A GoFundMe campaign has been established for Alejandro Canche's defense in the stabbings that occurred in San Mateo on October 28.
Angela Lopez, who identifies herself as Canche's cousin, said on GoFundMe:
“He is currently fighting a case for attempted murder and yes this sounds very bad but he is truly a good kid. He started in September to act mentally ill, hearing voices etc.”
Court records show that Lopez is not the same cousin who was in the car with Canche when the attack occurred on October 28.
The fund was established on December 20, 2019, shortly after Canche's last court hearing. At that time, Canche's new attorney, a private attorney, substituted in for the prior attorney, a public defender (known as a "private defender" in San Mateo County). It is unknown why the family replaced a public defender with a private attorney, only to solicit funds for that new attorney. As of today, the fund has not received any donations.
You can see the compete posting here: [WAYBACK MACHINE ARCHIVED LINK:] https://www.gofundme.com/f/alejandro-canche or the archived link.
Canche plea delayed for 4th time
December 19, 2019
Alejandro Canche's plea to the multiple stabbings at Edgewater Isle on October 28 was delayed yesterday for the fourth time. Canche's new defense attorney, Steve Teich, said the defense will revolve around a “mental health” issue. Teich wanted the opportunity to review “voluminous" records, and he was “unaware of the other cases” and had not seen the complaint “on the last one” (Canche was accused of assaulting a sheriff's deputy while Canche was in custody).
Hearing rescheduled to January 8. Canche remains held without bail at the San Mateo County jail.
Canche plea delayed again; 3rd case filed
December 10, 2019
Multiple stabbings suspect Alejandro Canche appeared in a Redwood City courtroom today to enter a plea on two cases currently pending. Instead of entering a plea, Canche substituted his public defender for a new defense attorney, and he was also charged with a third case of violence.
Today's case filed against Canche is for a violation of Penal Code § 69(a):
Every person who attempts, by means of any threat or violence, to deter or prevent an executive officer from performing any duty imposed upon the officer by law, or who knowingly resists, by the use of force or violence, the officer, in the performance of his or her duty, is punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
The new complaint filed against Canche shows that on November 6, 2019, while in custody for the assaults at Edgewater Isle, Canche assaulted "by means of force or violence" an officer in the performance of his duty. Canche's behavior was alluded to in the story below dated November 6, 2019, discussing that court appearance. Bail was set at $25,000 for this third case.
Canche now has three violent cases filed against him in one month. He remains in custody in the San Mateo County jail on a "no bail" hold because of the three stabbings on October 28.
The next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, December 18.
Canche hearing continued, again
November 7, 2019
Alejandro Canche appeared in a Redwood City courtroom today, and his private defender Francoise Espinoza asked the court to delay Canche's plea in the stabbing case that occurred (in part) at Edgewater Isle. Espinoza asked the court to hold over Canche's plea until a hearing on December 10.
That hearing will be combined with another hearing that was already scheduled in Canche's prior case.
All prior orders remain in effect: the defendant is held in custody, no contact orders (against witnesses and victims), and no bail.
Canche hearing continued
November 6, 2019
Alejandro Canche briefly appeared in court today to enter a plea in the multiple attempted murder charges facing him, but before his hearing could take place, he was removed from the courtroom holding cell and transported back to the county jail. A deputy said that Canche was “hitting his head against the wall” and was “trying to start a fight with another inmate.”
Francoise Espinoza, a Redwood City defense attorney appointed to represent Hernandez through San Mateo County's Private Defender Program, requested to the judge that Canche's two pending criminal cases be combined. Canche's hearing was rescheduled for tomorrow to enter a plea. Canche continues to beheld without bail at the San Mateo County Jail, but was granted $50,000 bail for his previous case, and his status of “OR” (“own recognizance” ) was revoked because of his most recent case.
No bail for Alejandro Canche
October 30, 2019
Alejandro Canche was ordered held without bail at a hearing this afternoon in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City. Canche was charged with 2 felony counts (along with enhancements for each) for each of the 3 male victims, or 6 felonies in total.
Further, a “no contact order” was filed and a private defender appointed. The next hearing date is November 6, 2019, when it is anticipated he will enter a plea.
Canche committed this crime while having been released “on bail or his own recognizance” for a similar prior crime. That was added as an enhancement in the most recent case.
Alejandro Canche's previous stabbing case
October 30, 2019
Before Alejandro Canche was arrested at Edgewater Isle on Monday night, he was arrested by the East Palo Alto Police Department on October 2, 2019, and subsequently charged with two counts currently pending in San Mateo County Superior Court for violations of Penal Code §417.8 and §69, attempting to resist arrest by drawing a knife on a police officer.
Canche pleaded “not guilty” to these charges and was released “on bail or his own recognizance.” The next hearing in this case is scheduled for December 2, 2019.
One unanswered question: what was the East Palo Alto Police Department attempting to arrest Canche for?
Alejandro Canche arrested after random stabbings
October 29, 2019
San Mateo Police provided additional details on last night's stabbings at Edgewater Isle. The number of victims was changed from four to three.
In what apparently began as family dispute last night, the suspect Alejandro Canche stabbed his cousin's boyfriend in the neck at the nearby BJ's Restaurant before he took off on foot to Edgewater Isle, where he randomly stabbed two additional victims along the bike path before running into the lagoon where he was captured by police.
Alejandro Canche, 19, of East Palo Alto, has been charged with Penal Code §664/187(a) (attempted murder) and §PC 245(a)(1) (assault and battery), both felonies. He is being held without bail in Redwood City and has his first court appearance tomorrow, October 30.
In 2005 in an unrelated case, a suspect previously fled police and drowned in the lagoon attempting to escape.
Source: San Mateo County Sheriff
Suspect in custody after 4 people stabbed
October 28, 2019
In what was called a “major police department response,” the San Mateo Police Department, with a mutual aid assist by the Foster City Police, responded to a stabbing assault that began at nearby BJ's Restaurant and then continued as the suspect fled along the bike path near 2143 Vista Del Mar at Edgewater Isle at 7:58 p.m. this evening.
Police sources say that 4 people were involved in the stabbing assault by the suspect, and all victims have non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect has been arrested on attempted homicide charges, with more charges potentially being added as the investigation continues.
Residents in the area first reported on social media that they saw a large police response speeding by as citizens tried to piece together what was going on. Citizens were first to report (using the "Citizen" app) that the incident was a stabbing.
Source: Edgewater Isle resident