A fight between two homeless men early Sunday ended with one of them hospitalized with stab wounds to his head and the other behind bars, authorities said.
Lewis Divens, 52, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The violence took place about 7 a.m. at Central Park, 219 S. Fair Oaks Ave., according to Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema.
Divens and the victim, a 47-year-old man, became involved in an argument over territory at the park, he said.
The victim swung a leg brace at the other during the dispute, Hettema said. Divens allegedly pulled a knife, stabbed the victim in the back of the head and slashed his face.
Paramedics took the injured man to a hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Police found and arrested Divens within minutes, records show.
According to county booking records, he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.
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.
WEST COVINA >> A man stabbed a woman and her adult daughter in West Covina before turning himself in to authorities in East Los Angeles late Thursday, police said.
Eduardo Marin, 46, of East Los Angeles was arrested following the double stabbing at a home in the 3100 block of South Adrienne Drive, West Covina police Lt. David Lee said.
A woman in her 40s, with whom Marine had previously had a relationship, was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive after undergoing surgery, he said. Her daughter, a woman in her 20s, suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Marin showed up at the victims’ home about 9 p.m. and became involved in argument, according to the lieutenant.
“Some type of argument ensued,” he said. “He stabbed the mother and daughter.”
Marin fled from the crime scene on a motorcycle but soon turned himself in to the deputies at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station, Lee said.
He was expected to be booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
Authorities cordoned off the neighborhood as detectives and crime scene investigators scoured the scene for evidence.
Lee said the knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered at the scene.