Abel Pablo Nunez, 34, who was arrested Monday on attempted murder charges in the slashing of a 63-year-old woman in central Fresno with a box cutter, was on probation for a previous assault with a knife that took place less than two years ago, court records indicate.
Police reported Monday that Nunez used a box cutter to slash the victim in the neck, face and across the chest. An arriving officer found her bleeding profusely as she struggled with Nunez, who was holding the box cutter. The officer pulled his firearm and ordered Nunez to drop the box cutter, which he did.
Abel Nunez was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon for a knife attack on a man in November 2014.
The victim told police she was in the parking lot when Nunez approached and asked her a question about renewing a driver’s license. He apparently became upset when the victim explained how it could be done. Nunez pulled the box cutter from his pocket and attacked her. The victim told police she tried to defend herself but could not escape. She was taken to Community Regional Medical Center and went into surgery. On Tuesday, Lt. Joe Gomez said the victim was expected to survive.
Nunez was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon for a knife attack on a man in southeast Fresno in November 2014. Nunez was determined to be mentally incompetent in Fresno Superior Court in February 2015 and was sent to a state mental hospital after refusing to take antipsychotic medication. He was returned to Fresno later that year and granted probation in September 2015. He was found in violation of probation this January and returned to jail, but he was released on probation again in March.
Since June, Nunez has been participating in an outpatient treatment program overseen by the social service agency WestCare that includes twice-a-week group sessions and once a month counseling sessions. In a letter to the court dated Aug. 22, Robert Fiester, an outpatient counselor with WestCare, said Nunez “interacts well with his peers, appearing to relate to the topic being discussed, giving and receiving feedback. … His attendance has been good and he presents utilizing logical thinking and coping mechanisms and has been open to feedback from his counselor.”
However, when reached Tuesday, Fiester said Nunez has not taken part in any activities at WestCare since July 28.
“It happens,” Fiester said. “They come in, and then they fall off.”