Man Accused of Slashing Good Samaritan in Lake Elsinore Bar Fight Arraigned, Taken Back Into Custody

A judge upped the man's bail to $1 million during a Friday arraignment.

Johnathan Schmidt's booking photo. Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Johnathan Schmidt's booking photo. Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

A man accused of slashing a good Samaritan trying to break up a bar fight in Lake Elsinore pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder and other charges.

Johnathan Michael Schmidt, 29, was arrested in April after allegedly attacking the victim and at least one other person in the 31000 block of Riverside Drive, near Lakeshore Drive.

Schmidt appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta for his arraignment on the attempted murder count, as well as felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon, and a misdemeanor allegation of battery.

Clark appointed Schmidt a public defender prior to taking his plea, and afterward upped his bail from $25,000 to $1 million, resulting in his being taken into custody by bailiffs and booked into the Southwest Detention Center.

A bail-setting hearing in the case is set for Thursday.

According to sheriff's Sgt. Linda Hughes, in the predawn hours of April 15, deputies were called to the Riverside Bar to investigate reports of an altercation and found the victim, whose name was withheld, suffering from a non- life-threatening gash he received while trying to stop a tussle between Schmidt and another man.

Witnesses provided a description of the heavily tattooed defendant, who fled in a dark green Ford Explorer, which deputies spotted a short time later near the intersection of Bryant Street and Grand Avenue in Wildomar, according to Hughes.

She said Schmidt complied with deputies' commands to stop and was taken into custody without incident. A knife was confiscated from his SUV, the sergeant said.

Schmidt was booked into jail, but released hours later after posting bail.

The victim did not require hospitalization. No other injuries were reported.

Schmidt has a prior assault-related felony conviction, but it was not in Riverside County, and the circumstances of that incident were not disclosed in court documents.

– City News Service.

life observer June 14, 2014 at 12:34 AM
Don't confuse me with your "buddies" who use these STUPID a.k.a's as their cool pen names. I was not asked to put my name in my comment box, but since you feel like my comment was nothing more than a typical remark from another one of your imaginary friends, I will say this: My name is Lisa LeBlanc and I have lived in this valley since 1972. I have raised my family here and am proud of the fact that my community has always been a supportive one. My son is not a gang banger, nor is he a drug addict, nor is he a bum walking the streets looking for trouble. His friends are all good kids and my neighbors and THEIR neighbors and MOST everyone else who lives near me, are as normal as any place else. (other than where you must live) So don't assume my comment was from an annoying enemy of yours. I am a first time commenter and as long as you keep spewing your nasty attitude towards a whole community of people, rather than the low lifes that deserve it, I will continue to voice my opinion right back to you. Throw away the garbage? Can't think of anything else to properly put someone in their place? I must admit this is an easy assignment for me because I don't see this as a "matching of wits" kind of adventure!
Mr. Jordan Hendrix June 14, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Another successful businessman of Wildomar
TT July 03, 2014 at 05:51 AM
This parasite is in custody, so why show his picture? When violent criminals are at large, and their pictures should be shown, Patch deprives us of them, even when they should be shown to keep the community safe. It is undeniable that Patch has a dangerous policy that is based on race.
Joe July 06, 2014 at 12:52 AM
@ hendrix, I don't think that guys a home owner. And I think Lisa got u beat lmao.
Al Sanchez July 07, 2014 at 06:17 PM


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