SOUTH GATE (CBSLA) – Police say a man riding a bicycle slashed the face of a woman he does not know – and there may be additional victims.
Sheriff’s officials told CBSLA there were at least two instances Wednesday of a Hispanic man “swiping at people” in and around the South Gate area. The victims were left with scratches, but nobody has been seriously hurt, deputies said.
The first call came in around 10 a.m. and a second call was received at 11:15 a.m., according to officials. One man and one woman have been scratched in the incidents.
In the second incident, the female victim had her face slashed “with something sharp”, police said. The same suspect may be involved with as many as two additional reported similar incidents.
“The guy came with the bike and just stabbed her,” said neighbor Joanna Santos. “No reason…it’s sad, I live here.”
Investigators released a photo of the suspect riding a mountain bike with oversized wheels. He was described as a 30-year-old Hispanic man with a shaved head, dark skin, and wearing black clothing. He was last seen riding a black bicycle.
Reports on social media indicated the alleged attacks targeted “random women” and took place near the intersections of San Luis/Abbott, Long Beach/Imperial, and Firestone/Hunt.