MONROVIA — A teenager arrived at a hospital with a stab wound to his arm early Sunday, however the circumstances of the stabbing remained under investigation, police said.
Detectives were looking into the possibility the assault may have been related to a vandalism that was reported minutes before the stabbing in the same area — California Avenue near Evergreen Avenue, Monrovia police Sgt. Glen Coleman said.
The 16-year-old stabbing victim appeared evasive during police questioning, Coleman said, and ultimately told investigators that he and his friends had been approached on the street by two men in their 20s.
After exchanging words, the victim reported, one of the two men pulled a knife and stabbed the teen in the upper arm, Coleman said.
Only minutes before police received words of the stabbing, however, authorities received another call from California Avenue, just south of Evergreen Avenue, Coleman said.
A resident reported that someone had thrown a cement water meter cover through the front window of their house, the sergeant said. The vandalism victim told investigators he chased a group of vandals for a short distance on California Avenue, but did not report being involved in a fight.
“We don’t know if (the stabbing) is related to this vandalism or not, but we have a pretty good hunch,” Coleman said.
The investigation was ongoing.