Three people are recovering after they were stabbed on Sept. 11 by a man who police described as a transient with a long history of committing crimes in the Wilshire area.
The stabbings occurred within a half-hour of each other in the general vicinity of La Brea Avenue and Washington Boulevard, said Det. Bernard Romero, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division. The crimes occurred at South Highland Avenue and Mascot Street, Rimpau and Washington boulevards, and Washington Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, he added.
In the first instance, the suspect stopped a woman at 9:15 a.m. who was jogging near Highland Avenue and Mascot Street. When she removed headphones to understand what the suspect was saying, he allegedly stabbed her in the upper torso and fled on foot, police said.
A short time later, police received calls about a suspect with a knife confronting other people at a location near Rimpau and Washington boulevards. At approximately 9:35 a.m., officers saw a man sitting at a bus stop with blood on his face, and determined he had also been stabbed by a suspect matching the description of the assailant in the earlier attacks.
Romero said investigators determined the suspect’s identity and have been looking for the man, who he added is homeless. The suspect is described as being Black, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing a baggy purple shirt and gray baggy cargo shorts during the attacks. Anyone with information is urged to call Wilshire Division detectives at (213)922-8235 or (213)922-8262. During weekends and off-hours, call the LAPD’s hotline at (877)LAPD247.