By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — LAPD detectives need the public’s help to identify the man who stabbed a sleeping homeless woman in the head.

A homeless woman was sleeping on a sidewalk near the intersection of 25th and San Pedro streets when a man in dark clothes approached her. He stabbed the woman in the head with a steel kitchen knife, then walked away from the area.

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A passersby called for help, and the woman was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

(credit: LAPD)

The LAPD released surveillance video of the stabbing. The video shows the knife visible in the man’s right hand before rounding a corner and finding the woman sleeping on the sidewalk. He then walks up to the woman, who is lying on the sidewalk, and stabs her once.

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The man was later seen walking away from the scene casually with both hands in his sweatshirt’s pocket.

The suspect was described as a Black or Hispanic man with a medium complexion, about 30 to 40 years old, 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds. He wore a face mask, a black, long-sleeve hooded sweatshirt, dark blue pants, black shoes, and one glove on his right hand.

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Anyone with information can contact LAPD Detective Galvan or Officer Fuentes at (323) 846-6566.