LONG BEACH (CNS) - A homeless man who allegedly attacked a woman in Long Beach and then stabbed a man who came to her aid pleaded not guilty Wednesday to assault charges.
Corey Justin Taylor, 26, was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one felony count of assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Officers responded just after 1 a.m. Friday to the 700 block of East Fourth Street, two blocks east of Alamitos Avenue, regarding an assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
"The preliminary investigation indicated that a male adult suspect assaulted a female adult victim; a male adult intervened and was physically assaulted by the suspect," police said. "The suspect then stabbed the male adult victim."
Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation, but the suspect did not comply with officers' directions, resulting in the use of less-lethal munitions and pepper spray, police said.
The suspect -- subsequently identified as Taylor -- was arrested and taken to a hospital, where he was medically cleared before being booked.
The Long Beach Fire Department responded and took the male adult victim to a hospital for a non-life-threatening injury to his upper body, authorities said.
Taylor has remained behind bars since his arrest, according to jail records.