MONTEREY PARK — Deputies sought the public’s help Friday tracking down a man who stabbed another man in the throat during an unprovoked attack on a commuter bus last month.
The stabbing, which detectives are investigating as an attempted murder, took place at 7:17 p.m. Nov. 3 on a Metropolitan Transit Authority bus as it made it’s way through Monterey Park, Officials from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau said. The attack, which was captured on surveillance video, took place as the bus was at Atlantic Boulevard and Garvey Avenue.
Both the victim and suspect boarded the bus about the same time just before the incident, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The assailant in the seemingly random attack was not believed to know his victim, officials added.
“The victim stated that the suspect got up from his seat, and thought he was exiting the bus. Instead the suspect, unprovoked, stabbed the victim in the throat with a knife or other sharp object and ran off the bus,” according to the statement. “Detectives also confirmed this via the bus video.”
Investigators described the unidentified suspect was described as a about 30 years old, Latino, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, with short black or brown hair, a mustache and a goatee. He wore a light-colored shirt and dark shorts when the stabbing took place.
The stabbing victim, a 54-year-old East Los Angeles man, was initially hospitalized in serious condition, but was expected to make a full recovery, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
Detective Kyle Ynclan of the Sheriff’s Transportation Services Bureau said Metro buses and trains are generally “a very safe mode of transportation.”
“That’s why when someone commits a crime like this, he must be brought to justice,” the detective said.
With the attacker’s image captured on surveillance footage, “there are times like these when we need the public to help identify a criminal like this so that we can stop them from committing another crime.”
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau at 323-8563-5000. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
SOUTH WHITTIER — A man was hospitalized in unknown condition after being stabbed in a residential neighborhood late Thursday, officials said.
The incident was first reported about 7 p.m. in the 10500 block of Nashville Avenue, just north of Dunton Drive, in an unincorporated county area just south of Whittier, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Corrales said.
The victim, initially described as a man in his 20s, was taken to a trauma center for treatment, the sergeant said. His condition was unclear.
Deputies continued investigating the circumstances of the stabbing, he said. A suspect was being sought, however a detailed description was not available.
WEST COVINA – A man ended up at a convenience store after being stabbed at a house party early Saturday, however the circumstances of the attack were unclear,police said.
Police responded to 7-Eleven, 2887 Valley Blvd., just before 3:20 a.m. after the a La Mirada man in his 20s with a stab wound to his upper torso was brought there by friends, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
The group was looking for a hospital when they elected to stop at the convenience store and call 9-1-1, the lieutenant said. The injured man was hospitalized in stable condition.
Officers learned the victim had been at a nearby house party when a fight broke out and he was stabbed, however police were not able to find exactly where it took place, Patton said. No suspect description was available.
ARCADIA — An intoxicated man showed up at a hospital with stab wounds late Friday and told police he was injured while being robbed by two masked men in Arcadia, officials said.
Details were initially limited regarding the incident, which unfolded about 11 p.m., Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said.
A man was brought to the emergency room of Huntington Hospital by a private vehicle with lacerations to his shoulder and chest, the sergeant said. The wounds were not considered life-threatening.
The 20-year-old El Monte man told police he was attacked and robbed by two masked man at Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Drive, Crowther said. The “somewhat intoxicated” man was unable or unwilling to provide further details, and it was unclear what, if anything, was stolen.
WHITTIER — One man was stabbed while another man was hit with a two-by-four during confrontation on the Greenway Trail Friday night.
But police still have to determine who was the attacker after the men told conflicting accounts.
The incident took place on the trail between Laurel Avenue and Painter Avenue.
Whittier Police Lt. Steven Dean said a man called 9-1-1 at 9:20 p.m. and said he was walking on the trail when a man approached and stabbed him. The caller asked for medical help but didn’t want to do anything about his alleged assailant, according to Dean.
Then a man who was en route to a local hospital called police. He claimed another man hit him with a two-by-four and he stabbed that person in self defense, Dean said . The man thought he had broken ribs.
The lieutenant said the man who was stabbed ended up with a cut to his rib cage and left wrist. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.
“He admits hitting the guy with a stick,” Dean said.
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AZUSA — A Danville man suffered stab wounds but was expected to survive after he was attacked by a group of men early Friday, police said.
The stabbing victim, a 20-year-old man, was found with two puncture wounds to his abdomen about 12:50 a.m. in the 600 block of East Eighth Street, Azusa police Sgt. Chris Grant said in a written statement. Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
“The sequence of event that led to the altercation is currently under investigation, as well as the motive regarding this incident,” Grant said.
Police described the attackers a five to six Latino men in their mid- to late-20s. One was further described as about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds, with a shaved head and a mustache.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Azusa police detectives at 626-812-3200.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS — Deputies were left with a mystery when two men with stab wounds turned up at a commercial area Wednesday.
Someone who was in Gale Avenue and Hacienda Boulevard reported an assault with a deadly weapon and robbery at 7:35 p.m., Lt. Ray Enriquez said.
Enriquez said deputies searched the area but couldn’t find evidence of an attack. Where the stabbing happened and what led to it remain unclear.
The victims were uncooperative and kept changing the story, he said.
Both were taken to hospitals. Enriquez said one man had a slight puncture wound to the liver and was admitted to the hospital for observation.
He thinks the second man has been released from the hospital.
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PASADENA — A homeless man was behind bars Sunday in connection with the stabbing of another transient during a fight over a woman earlier in the week, police said.
Charles William Graves, 48, was found and arrested about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bell Street and Mar Vista Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
Police had been seeking Graves since Thursday, when he allegedly stabbed another man in the left side of his body and arm during a dispute over a woman, according to Lt. John Dewar. The incident unfolded about 7 p.m. on Lake Avenue near the 210 Freeway.
The stabbing victim was expected to recover, Dewar said.
The wounded man was able to identify his attacker to police, Clawson said, but he remained at large until an officer spotted him Saturday afternoon.
According to county booking records, Graves was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles pending his initial court appearance.
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PASADENA — An argument over a woman ended with one transient stabbing another transient Thursday night, police said.
The attack took place around 7 p.m. on Lake Avenue near the 210 Freeway.
Pasadena Police Lt. John Dewar said two transients started arguing over a woman. The subject of their dispute wasn’t at the scene.
The verbal dispute turned physical.
Dewar said one man pulled a pocket knife and stabbed the other man in the left side and arm. The assailant then fled.
The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital.
“He will be OK,” Dewar said.
Police haven’t found the suspect. He was described as a white man in his late 40s with gray hair. He wore light-colored clothing.
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PASADENA — A homeless man suffered a slash wound to his neck late Saturday after an argument with another homeless man escalated into a stabbing, authorities said.
The attack took place about 7:55 p.m. at the corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
A 45-year-old local transient became involved in an argument over sleeping arrangements with another homeless man whom he did not recognize, the lieutenant said.
“They became involved in a verbal altercation, at which time the suspect cut or stabbed the victim in his neck,” Gourdikian said. The wound was “very superficial,” he said, adding that the victim had been released from the hospital after receiving stitches.
The attacker ran toward the Metro Gold Line station at Del Mar Boulevard and Raymond Avenue, Gourdikian said. Police searched the area, but did not find the assailant. Deputies patrolling the Gold Line were also notified in case the attacker boarded a train.
Police described the stabber as a black man between 35 and 40 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall, of stocky build, with a dark complexion and a bald head. He wore light plaid shorts and a gray T-shirt.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.