One charge dropped in sword case |

One charge dropped in sword case

The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office has dropped an attempted-murder charge against Zoltan Michael Gergely, accused of stabbing a woman with a samurai sword through the front door of her home on Nov. 8.

Gergely, 30, of Grass Valley, will instead face three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary. Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson said that after reviewing the case, he did not feel the attempted murder charge would be appropriate for Gergely.

At about 11 p.m. on the night of the attack, Charles Robert Frazier III, 37, and his 28-year-old girlfriend answered a knock at Frazier’s door on the 400 block of West Main Street. Two men, one of whom Frazier identified as Gergely, were at the door.

According to Grass Valley police, Gergely immediately unsheathed the samurai sword, pulled out an ax and charged at Frazier. A struggle ensued on the front porch, and Frazier and the woman were able to run back inside and lock the door. The woman leaned on the door to block it when Gergely allegedly started trying to kick it down.

That’s when Gergely reportedly stabbed the sword through the door two times. The woman was stabbed once in the back; the wound was several inches deep and 2 inches wide, according to police.

Both suspects fled the scene. The woman was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Acting on a tip, police pulled over a pickup truck on South Church Street at about 5 a.m. the next morning. They arrested Gergely and found the sword and ax inside.

Gergely will next be in court Feb. 17.

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