RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — A man in his 60s was in serious condition at a hospital after being stabbed at a train station in Riverside, police said.
Riverside police say officers received a call just before 8:15 a.m. Sunday of the stabbing of 69-year-old Albert Lee in the neck on the platform at the Riverside-Downtown Metrolink station.
“He’s a dear friend and he means everything to me,” said the victim’s friend Katerina Marley.
Police described the suspect as a black male about 25 to 30 years old with short hair. He was wearing a red shirt, jean shorts and he had a backpack.
Police do not believe the victim and suspect knew each other. Both exchanged words prior to the stabbing.
Police have received security footage of the incident and do not believe the suspect stole anything.
Marley says she had driven Lee to the station.
“I was getting out the car and then when I seen him running,” said Marley. “I said what’s going on. I seen him running and everything and when I got over there I’d seen the blood.”
The suspect was last seen running north on the train tracks.
Investigators brought in blood hounds but they weren’t able to find him.
The incident remains under investigation.
“We don’t know why this happened,” said Ofc. Ryan Railsback, Riverside PD. “Everything is looking like this was completely unprovoked.”