LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Authorities on Sunday were searching for a man wanted in connection with multiple stabbings that occurred within a half hour of each other in the Mid-City neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“I walk my dogs up and down every day and every night,” Mid-City resident Alice Shropshire said. “So, that’s really scary.”READ MORE: Evacuations Ordered As University Fire Burns In San Bernardino
Shropshire said she’s never felt unsafe in the neighborhood until now, adding that it’s worse that the incidents happened relatively early in the morning.
The first incident unfolded around 9:15 a.m. Saturday. It was then that authorities with the LAPD Wilshire Division received a call in response to an assault with a deadly weapon.
When they arrived, they located a female jogger who had been stabbed in the upper torso. The jogger had been stopped by the suspect, and then attacked.
“She had stopped and took off her headphones, trying to understand what the suspect was yelling at her, when the suspect stabbed her,” police said in a news release.
“That’s crazy…because nothing really even happens over here,” Shropshire said.
Following that attack, police received another call from others reporting a man who was allegedly challenging people with a knife. A similar suspect description was provided.READ MORE: LAUSD Hosts COVID Vaccine Clinics Ahead Of Deadline For Employees
Around 9:35 a.m., police learned of a third incident. This time, a victim had been stabbed and was located on a bus bench near Washington Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, bleeding from the face.
Both victims were taken to the hospital and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Another neighbor, Abou Baker, said a random crime like this won’t stop him from walking around his neighborhood.
“You have to be alert and looking around, even though you’re walking. You have to have your senses…so, use it,” Baker said.
Shropshire said she’ll likely be more careful, at least until there’s word of an arrest.
The suspect is described as 5-foot, 5-inches tall and 200 pounds. He is Black, bald, and was wearing a baggy purple dark shirt and gray cargo baggy shorts, police said.MORE NEWS: Proof Of Vaccination Must Be Shown With Photo ID To Get Into LA County Indoor Events Of 1,000 Or More Attendees
Anyone with more information was asked to call the Wilshire major assault crime detectives at (213) 922-8235.