PASADENA >> Three men beat and stabbed another man after an argument escalated into a fight outside a Pasadena convenience store early Thursday, officials said.
The stabbing was first reported to police about 3 a.m. after the victim arrived at a hospital for treatment, but was believed to have taken place about 2 a.m. in front of a 7-Eleven store at Lake Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Aguilar said.
A 29-year-old Pasadena man arrived at the store with his wife, the lieutenant said. Three other men who were standing outside the door as the man and wife entered the convenience store made derogatory comments and called the man, “white boy.”
As the victim and his wife exited the store, the men continued with their insults and slurs, Aguilar said. The victim confronted the men, and a fight ensued.
At some point during the melee, the man was stabbed with an unseen knife or other sharp object, according to Aguilar. He sustained gashes to his head and arm.
The man’s wife drove him to a hospital, where he was being treated for injuries described as serious but not life-threatening, Aguilar said. The three attackers fled, Aguilar said.
They were described as three Latino men of about 25 years old wearing T-shirts. Two of them stood about 6 feet tall and weighed 180 to 190 pounds, while the third was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 to 190 pounds.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.