TEMPLE CITY (CBSLA.com) — Two hitchhikers were arrested early Saturday for allegedly stabbing a driver who gave them a lift to Temple City, authorities reported.

The victim, a man in his mid-30s, told sheriff’s deputies he picked up the man and woman as they tried to hail a ride in Arizona.

They drove together without incident until they got to their destination late Friday, at which point one of the hitchhikers allegedly stabbed the driver in the stomach area, sheriff’s Sergeant Ynette O’Brien said.

The incident reportedly took place at the Temple City Boulevard exit on the 10 Freeway.

The driver then drove himself to an IHOP restaurant in the 3500 block of Rosemead Boulevard, O’Brien said.

Deputies were called to the restaurant around 11:15 p.m. Friday and the victim was transported to the hospital with two wounds to the stomach area. His condition was unknown.

Officials apprehended the alleged suspects shortly after midnight on a side street near the 10 Freeway. O’Brien said they admitted to being in the car with the victim.

It was not disclosed whether deputies recovered a weapon.

O’Brien said the suspects were apparently transients. Their ages were not immediately available.


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