Video released this week shows a man repeatedly plunging a knife into the back of an apparent stranger at a California donut shop before the unknown assailant runs out of the store.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now asking the public for help identifying the man in what they are investigating as an attempted murder, according to a statement from authorities.
The stabbing occurred around 3 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Yum Yum Donuts as a 63-year-old man was standing at the counter placing an order.
In the video surveillance footage released by police, a second man wearing a black baseball cap is seen standing near the door of the store before he approaches and stands behind the man, who appears to be waiting in line.
Then, suddenly, he takes out a knife and plunges it into the stunned customer’s upper back three times before fleeing the scene.
The attack appeared to be random, according to local outlet KTLA, and the two men don’t appear to exchange any words with one another before the stabbing.
The victim, who was identified by police as a 63-year-old Hispanic male, was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He is expected to survive.
The sheriff’s office described the suspect as a Hispanic male between the ages of 25 and 30, who is approximately 5’6” tall and has a beard. On the day of the stabbing he was wearing a black jacket, blue shirt, blue sweatpants, black shoes, and a black hat.
Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to contact investigators.
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