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2018 Starbucks machete attack suspect found guilty of multiple felonies, acquitted of attempted murder

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 20:48:07-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Robert Daniel Rivas, the man accused of attacking a woman with a machete at a Starbucks, was acquitted of attempted murder but found guilty of multiple felonies including assault with a deadly weapon and attempted voluntary manslaughter.

Rivas, 31, was arrested and charged back in September of 2018 after he chased a woman into a Starbucks on Stockdale Highway and Gosford Road and proceeded to attack her with a machete.

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A good Samaritan, Blaine Hodge, confronted Rivas in the Starbucks. The woman and Hodge both suffered serious injuries from the attack.

Hodge underwent surgery and survived. He went on to receive the Medal of Honor Society at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. in March of 2019.

Rivas is due back in court on Feb. 19 for sentencing.