Stabbing at fish restaurant leads to prison time for Half Moon Bay man

A Half Moon Bay man will spend up to six years in prison for stabbing another man during a fight at a restaurant earlier this year, prosecutors said.

Victor Cauich-Dominguez, 25, pleaded no contest Wednesday in the courtroom of Judge Elizabeth Lee to assault with a deadly weapon with enhancements on the condition he receive no more than six years in prison.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 4, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Cauich-Dominguez was at dinner with a group of acquaintances at a fish restaurant on San Mateo Road at about 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 11. During dinner he kept giving the victim, a 21-year-old man who was part of the group, “mean looks,” prosecutors said.

Finally the victim stood up and asked Cauich-Dominguez what his problem was. Cauich-Dominguez said he wanted to fight and started walking toward the victim, who repeatedly said that he didn’t want to fight, prosecutors said.

As Cauich-Dominguez kept advancing, the victim punched him in the eye, then Cauich-Dominguez pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the torso. The wound lacerated the victim’s liver, causing internal bleeding that required surgery, prosecutors said.

Cauich-Dominguez fled the restaurant but called the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office the next day. When he met with investigators he was arrested. The entire incident was recorded on the restaurant’s security cameras, prosecutors said.

Cauich-Dominguez remains in custody without bail as he awaits sentencing.

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