MONTEBELLO (CBSLA) – A man is not expected to survive after being stabbed by another passenger on a public bus in the East Los Angeles community of Commerce Monday morning.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was stabbed at around 10:13 a.m. on a Montebello Bus Lines bus in the 5700 block of Whittier Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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A surveillance photo of the suspect. (LASD)

The victim was rushed to a hospital after being stabbed multiple times in the chest by a Hispanic man in his mid-30s to early 40s, deputies said. He is in critical condition and is not expected to survive, LASD added. His name was not released.

The suspect was described as 6 feet tall, weighs 170 to 180 pounds and was wearing a blue and orange shirt and green shorts.


The victim was a student on his way to East Los Angeles College when the “unprovoked” stabbing occurred, authorities said.

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“It was a savage attack and one that caused us great concern,” L.A. Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in a statement.  “It was seemingly unprovoked, as the suspect walked towards the front of the bus, pulled a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times.”

Following the stabbing, the suspect got off the bus and ran away. He remains at large as of Tuesday.

There was no word on a motive in the attack.

Investigators released security video of the attack Tuesday. Anyone who was on the bus, which was westbound on Whittier Boulevard traveling Montebello Public Transit Route 10, was urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS.

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