Attempted murder charge in screwdriver attack on Oakland woman

OAKLAND — A 69-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in a violent attack on a woman who was stabbed more than 10 times with a screwdriver and also beaten at an East Oakland home, according to court documents and authorities.

Besides attempted murder, the suspect, Lang Coleman, of Oakland,  is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held on $250,000 bail and is scheduled to enter a plea Jan. 2.

The brutal attack happened the morning of Dec. 18 at  a home in the 600 block of Capistrano Drive in the Sobrante Park neighborhood that is owned by a relative of Coleman’s, authorities said.

Coleman and the victim, a 44-year-old woman he has known for some time, were drinking when Coleman started a minor argument that soon turned violent with Coleman threatening to kill her, according to authorities..

He began hitting her in the face and legs with a blunt object and tried to choke her into unconsciousness before she was able to get a knife and stab him twice in an effort to defend herself, according to the documents.

Coleman then grabbed a screw driver and stabbed her at least 10 times all over her body, causing numerous injuries including a punctured lung, authorities said.

Despite Coleman trying to keep her inside the home, the woman was able to flee out a back door to nearby 105th Avenue, where police were called. She was taken to a hospital, where it was determined she had also suffered a fractured skull from being beaten with the blunt object, authorities said. She is still hospitalized.

Coleman was arrested outside the Capistrano home, and after being treated at a hospital, he was booked at Santa Rita Jail. He was formally charged Wednesday.


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