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Man pleads guilty to stabbing victim more than 20 times in downtown San Diego

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Jul 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-08 18:30:11-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man pleaded guilty to attempted murder Thursday for stabbing another man more than 20 times during a fight in downtown San Diego earlier this year.

Pierce Tostado, 20, is slated to be sentenced next month to 10 years in state prison for stabbing Jordan Hardgrow in the chest and abdomen around 1:30 a.m. Jan. 16 in the 800 block of 11th Avenue.

The attack left the victim hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, which included stab wounds to his heart and lungs, according to Deputy District Attorney Hailey Williams.

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The prosecutor said witnesses reported Tostado following the victim and "verbally harassing him," prompting him to turn around and ask the defendant if he wanted to fight.

A fistfight ensued during which, Tostado pulled out a knife and stabbed Hardgrow five times, according to Williams. The victim collapsed to the ground, and Williams said Tostado then knelt down and continued stabbing him.

A bystander briefly pulled Tostado away from the victim, but the defendant returned and stabbed Hardgrow several more times, the prosecutor said.

In addition to attempted murder, Tostado admitted to an allegation of causing the victim great bodily injury. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 18.