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The San Jose man who allegedly attacked a Lompoc doctor last week has been charged with attempted murder and robbery, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office. 

Long Lu, 36, did not enter a plea during his brief appearance Thursday in Lompoc Superior Court before he was returned to sheriff's custody pending his continued arraignment. As of Monday, Lu is being held in Santa Barbara County Jail on more than $1 million in bail.

Lompoc Police received a report at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, about an attack in the area of the Lompoc Valley Medical Center. After arriving on scene, they discovered Lawrence Riemer with a cord around his neck, according to a department spokesperson. 

Medical center officials reported that Riemer, an independent physician affiliated with the hospital, was preparing to enter the facility through the rear entrance when the attack occurred. Police said Lu fled the area after grabbing property that belonged to the doctor.

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Officers later located Lu in the 1400 block of East Ocean Avenue. He was identified as the suspect by eyewitnesses and arrested and booked into the Lompoc Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

Riemer was treated at the hospital for injuries sustained during the attack. Due to privacy concerns, the hospital did not release additional details about Riemer's attack or his condition.

Lu faces sentencing enhancements for attacking a victim age 65 or over and using a deadly weapon — a cord — in addition to the attempted murder and second-degree robbery charges. A criminal protective order also was issued Thursday preventing Lu from approaching Riemer. 

Lu will reappear before Judge Raimundo Montes de Oca on Tuesday, March 12, to continue his arraignment. Deputy Public Defender Sydney Bennett has been appointed to represent Lu.

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Mathew Burciaga covers education in Santa Maria and the surrounding area for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @math_burciaga

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Mathew Burciaga is a Santa Maria Times reporter who covers education, agriculture and public safety. Prior to joining the Times, Mathew ran a 114-year-old community newspaper in Wyoming. He owns more than 40 pairs of crazy socks from across the globe.