A 23-year-old man confessed to stabbing his mother and two brothers at their central Bakersfield home last week, inflicting serious wounds to all three and penetrating his 10-year-old brother's skull, police said in a probable cause declaration.
Prosecutors on Monday charged Jeremy Rapolla in the stabbings and, in a separate case, assaulting an officer. Judge Colette M. Humphrey ordered him held on a total of $1,625,000 bail.
Rapolla wore paper clothing in court, an indication he's on suicide watch.
Rapolla, standing 6 foot 2 and 180 pounds, was silent as a public defender entered not guilty pleas on his behalf to three counts of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon other than a gun, and two counts of willful cruelty to a child. No family attended the hearing.
Police said Rapolla attacked his mother following an argument around 5:30 p.m. at their residence in the 300 block of Donna Avenue. He stabbed her in the upper torso, then stabbed his brothers, police said.
Rapolla walked from the residence and was taken into custody nearby without incident. There was blood on his hands and clothing, according to the probable cause declaration.
The mother was stabbed multiple times in the torso, and the brothers both suffered stab wounds to the head.
Police said the 10-year-old remains in critical condition, while both the 15-year-old and mother are stable.
In the second case, Rapolla is charged with assaulting a detentions deputy who was transferring him to a different holding cell Friday night, a probable cause declaration says. The deputy said Rapolla became combative and elbowed him in the face.