LAKE ELSINORE ( — A 29-year-old Riverside County man was facing assault charges Tuesday after he allegedly attacked several people with a knife at a Lake Elsinore restaurant.

Johnathan Schmidt, of Lake Elsinore, was arrested Sunday for assault with a deadly weapon and battery, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

Around 11:10 p.m. that night, police were dispatched to a restaurant in the 31000 block of Riverside Drive for an assault call.

Once they arrived on scene, they found a male victim suffering from non-life threatening stab wounds, officials said.

“The altercation occurred when the victim attempted to stop a fight involving others at the establishment when he was cut with a knife,” Officer Melendez said.

Authorities learned that Schmidt had fled the scene in his green Ford Explorer and he was later arrested during a traffic stop.

A knife was also recovered from the vehicle.


  1. Harley says:

    I thought maybe he was mad because he couldn’t get a job there

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