Posted on August 29, 2011

4 Plead Guilty in Assault on Former Banning Beauty Queen

Richard Winston, Los Angeles Times, August 28, 2011

Four women who slashed the face of a former beauty queen as one attacker yelled “Remember me when you look in the mirror!” have pleaded guilty in the assault, prosecutors said.


Erica Michele Bastidas and three friends wrongly believed that Bastidas’ husband’s flirtatious remarks toward neighbor Shanice Wilson–the 2005 Banning Peach Queen and a former cheerleader–were signs of something more.


The attack began when Bastidas, 24, began screaming at Wilson, then dragged her into the street, Dumouchel said.

Within minutes, Bastidas’ friends had joined in on the attack, authorities said. Three women held Wilson down. A fourth, Azia Aldred, yelled, “Remember me when you look in the mirror!” then slashed Wilson across the face, head and back with a carpet cutter, [prosecutor Maureen] Dumouchel said. Wilson’s wounds required plastic surgery.

“It was an unprovoked and brutal attack,” Dumouchel said.