Alejandro  Canche

Alejandro Canche

An East Palo Alto man accused of three separate violent knife attacks in San Mateo, including in a parking lot at BJ’s Restaurant, has been allowed to enter into a mental health diversion program that, if completed, will dismiss his charges, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

Alejandro Alfredo Canche, 20, allegedly used a box cutter-style knife to stab a victim in the neck outside BJ’s Restaurant. He later, on the 2100 block Of Vista Del Mar, allegedly stabbed a second person 23 times in the face and neck and a third person in the throat, prosecutors said.

A judge Friday allowed the mental health diversion program against prosecutor wishes, the DA’s Office said. If he completes the two-year program, he will have his attempted murder charges dismissed, but if he does not, charges will come back, prosecutors said.

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Terence Y

So let me get this straight – you’re allowed to stab someone in the neck, another person 23 times in the face and neck, and a third person in the throat and all you need to do is go to some two-year program? Seems to me, justice would be to allow those three victims to do the same to this perpetrator, and then be able to attend a two-year program. And we wonder why violent crime is up – no substantive penalties. Maybe we can have this person stay at the homes of the people who allowed this travesty to occur while he’s attending his two year program? Elections have consequences, especially for those three poor victims, who are probably being victimized again having to pay for medical care (I’m assuming all three are alive) and losing wages.

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