GARDEN GROVE (CBSLA) — A Garden Grove Police Department community services officer was stabbed by a man in an “unprovoked attack” inside a community laundry room, officials reported Thursday.
The stabbing occurred Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 11300 block of Parkgreen Lane in Garden Grove.READ MORE: Lakers Legend Magic Johnson On Unvaccinated Players: ‘I Would Never Do That To My Teammates’
Garden Grove Police Department dispatched a community services officer to the complex after receiving a call of vandalism that occurred inside a community laundry room. The calling party had reported that an unknown person cut a water pipe and water lines to the washing machines.
The community services officer arrived and began to investigate the crime and was then stabbed in an “unprovoked attack by a 51-year-old male who lived in the condo complex,” Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said in a written statement. “The suspect stabbed the officer in his right leg with a large knife that was later recovered at the scene.”READ MORE: Two Dead Following Fire In Canoga Park
The victim was able to fight off the attacker and retreat to a safe area where he called for emergency help. A plumber who was at the location to fix the water lines helped the community services officer by applying a makeshift tourniquet to stop the bleeding.
Police officers arrived and immediately rendered medical aid to the community services officer and apply a proper tourniquet. The community services officer was then taken to a nearby hospital.
Hop Ngoc Tran of Garden Grove was taken into custody and later booked at Orange County Jail for attempted murder.MORE NEWS: Ojai Unified School District Buildings, Preschool Vandalized With Anti-Mask Graffiti
The motive for the unprovoked attack was not immediately known, according to Whitney.