For release on July 29, 2015 CONTACT:
Carlos Vega, Deputy District Attorney
Sexual Assault Unit
(408) 792-2754 MAN CHARGED WITH KNIFE ATTACKS ON WOMEN
A San Jose man faces charges that he kidnapped and violently attacked at least two women with a knife in one night. Edwin Muncada, 26, is accused of picking up the women, who were engaged in prostitution, and then assaulting them with a knife before they escaped. When police arrested him he was still driving in the area, covered in blood. Muncada is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of attempted kidnapping, and two counts of assault with intent to rape. If convicted, Muncada faces life in prison. He is expected to be arraigned this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Hall of Justice in San Jose.
“We are thankful for the lightning quick reaction of the San Jose police to this rampage,” prosecutor Carlos Vega said. “This arrest may very well have prevented further bloodshed.” Vega said that law enforcement is looking for unidentified victims in this case. After midnight on July 25, Muncada picked up the first victim after agreeing to pay for sex. When she was in his car he held a knife to her throat, covered her head with duct tape, and then drove away. The victim leaped from the moving car and flagged down a police sergeant. Soon afterward, Muncada picked up his second victim and after agreeing to pay for sex, punched, bit, and stabbed her. This victim violently struggled with the defendant, and escaped from the car. Passing by, an Uber driver pulled over to help and helped the victim call police. Around the same time a woman called police to say that a third victim had been stabbed in the same area and escaped. That victim has not yet been identified. At 2 a.m., police pulled over the suspect near where he had attacked his victims. In the car, police found blood, a package of steel kitchen knives, one of the victim’s hair weaves, duct tape with blood on it, and a black mask. Anyone with information about unreported attacks by this defendant can contact detective Brandon Scholten at (408) 277-4102. # # #