Tanya Nguyen, the 12-week pregnant first-grade teacher who was viciously stabbed during a carjacking in California last week, is finally speaking out.
In a video posted on YouTube on Sunday, Nguyen, who teaches at a Catholic school in Beverly Hills, expressed how grateful she was for all the help, support and love following the attack.
The 33-year-old teacher was in front of her residence when the incident happened on March 20. Three people came and asked for her phone, said husband Greg Maga according to KTLA5.
She was then stabbed 10 times — one of the punctured wounds ran through her lungs. Nguyen had to undergo surgery due to her injuries, according to Maga.
The group of carjackers then took her Kia and later slammed it into a parked car in another neighborhood before they fled on foot, according to the report.
Five gang members have been charged in the assault and carjacking, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said on Monday, according to FOX 11.
The suspects, identified as 18-year-old Jesus Morales, 19-year-old Andrew Bran, 20-year-old Christian Reyes, 24-year-old Christina Luna and 25-year-old Monica Gomez, were charged with attempted murder and were called to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday.
These five suspects, as announced by the DA’s office, have all been charged with “one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder, carjacking, second-degree robbery, and hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage.”
Reyes, meanwhile, received an additional charge of aggravated mayhem and is now facing an allegation of “personal use of a deadly and dangerous weapon” — in reference to the knife that he allegedly used to stab Nguyen multiple times.
Bail for Reyes has been set at $1.9 million while the other suspects are at $1.4 million. If proven guilty, they could all face a maximum sentence of life in state prison.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Nguyen to help her with the medical and recovery cost.