Suspect jailed, others sought, in Rosemead knife attack and robbery

ROSEMEAD — A video game console transaction turned sour resulted in a robbery and knife attack Wednesday, officials said.
Deputies arrested the primary suspect in the attack, who wielded the knife, shortly after the incident with the help of a witness, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tim Murakami said.
A witness reported seeing a group of about six young Asian men attack and stab a group of three young black men about 5:30 p.m. in the area of Rosemead and Valley boulevards, the lieutenant said. Two of the three victims suffered superficial cuts to their arms and backs.
The witness followed the attackers as they fled, providing deputies with a description and license plate number, Murakami said.
Deputies were able to capture the suspect believed to have wielded the knife, and continued seeking the others, he said. The suspect’s name was not released Thursday due to the ongoing investigation.
During the attack, the knife-wielding man is accused of stealing the victims’ cell phones.
Murakami said the attack stemmed from the sale of a video game console.
The victims had sold the suspects the machine the day before, but the suspects claimed it didn’t work properly and demanded their money back Wednesday, he said.
When they did receive a refund, Murakami said, one of the attackers pulled a knife, slashed the men and helped himself to their phones.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Temple Station at 626-448-9861.

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