Police-defunded LA: Cops searching for man who stabbed a homeless woman in her head as she slept

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Police Department are actively searching for a male suspect that was caught on surveillance footage stabbing a homeless woman in the head while she was sleeping just after midnight on May 18th.

Authorities say the attack transpired at approximately 12:02 a.m. on May 18th near the intersection of San Pedro in 25th in South Los Angeles. Video of the incident shows the suspect walk up to the victim while she slept, where the suspect then stabs the knife downward into the victim’s head.

The woman had awoken from the attack, after the suspect had fled, and pulled the knife out of her head. Authorities described the weapon used as a steel kitchen knife.

A passerby had reportedly called the police following the incident, with paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responding to the scene to tend to the victim.

The victim in this case was transported to an area hospital and was last listed in critical condition.

Residents nearby to where where the crime occurred noted that the victim is known throughout the area and that she typically kept to herself, with some commenting that she was known to feed a couple of stray dogs in the neighborhood.

Police are urging the public to come forward with any information they may have about the incident or the at large suspect.

Authorities have described the suspect as either a black or Hispanic male, aged anywhere between 30 to 40 years old and standing at about 5 feet 10 inches and weighing approximately 185 pounds.

The suspect was last seen wearing face covering, a black long sleeve hooded sweatshirt, dark blue pants, black shoes, and one glove on his right hand.

Anyone with information related to the case is asked to contact Newton Area Detective Galvan or Officer Fuentes at (323) 846-6566.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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In other news regarding at-large suspects, authorities in Houston are still searching for the man caught on video attacking an elderly man who runs a used car dealership earlier in May. 

Law Enforcement Today previously reported on the May 4th incident that saw a 68-year-old man attacked with a crowbar while also having a firearm pointed at him. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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HOUSTON, TX – Police in Houston are actively searching for a suspect that was caught on surveillance footage beating a 68-year-old man, who runs a used car dealership, with a crowbar during what authorities say was an armed robbery.

Authorities say the incident happened during the morning of May 4th, where the assailant forced his way into the office of a Houston based-used car dealership in the 6700 block of Telephone Road where the victim was attacked.

Video shows the 68-year-old businessman trying to ward off the attacker, who is armed with a handgun in one hand and a crowbar in the other.

The victim struggled with the assailant, with the man then striking the elderly victim multiple times with the crowbar.

At one point the owner of the business attempted to run out of the office, but the man seen on video winds up pulling him back inside and the assault continues from there.

Later on in the video, the suspect appears to have tied the victim’s hands behind his back, where the victim can be seen getting dragged by his feet to a corner of the office that is out of the camera’s purview.

Investigators say that the attacker seen on the video reportedly stole the victim’s wallet before leaving the scene. Houston police are reaching out to the public to help identify the individual seen in the video.

The suspect has been described as a black man standing at about 6 feet tall, aged somewhere between 40 to 45 years old with a muscular build.

As for the victim, later identified as Hoss Gharatappeh, he spoke with local news outlet Fox 26 noting that he was appreciative that not only he survived the attack but that his wife was not around when the attack took place.

The family of the victim is reportedly offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Houston Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $5000 for information leading to this individual’s arrest.

For those with any information on this case, Houston Crime Stoppers can be reached at 713-222-TIPS.

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In other attacks caught on camera, surveillance footage inside of a courthouse in Illinois caught the moments when a defendant awaiting a hearing in relation to a trespassing charge launched an attack against deputies inside of the courthouse. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SKOKIE, IL – Surveillance video caught the moments when a 30-year-old detainee waiting for an appearance inside of the Skokie Courthouse launched an attack that injured four Cook County Sheriff’s deputies on May 12th.

According to reports, 30-year-old Jerome Townsel was inside of the Skokie Courthouse and making a phone call before his bond hearing in relation to a trespassing charge at approximately 10:00 a.m. on May 12th.

Footage shows the suspect talking on a phone in an office at the courthouse when he begins motioning toward a pair of sheriff’s deputies standing a few feet away from him.

While there is no sound available in the footage, Townsel appears to become agitated at the nearby deputies while on the phone.

Townsel then moves in the direction of the two deputies and raises both his fists.

The suspect strikes one deputy in the face, which prompts three other nearby deputies to get involved and help detain the suspect.

As the additional deputies close in on the suspect, video shows the detainee hurling punches at the other deputies, landing multiple strikes against them in the process.

Eventually, deputies were able to pin Townsel against a partition and one deputy moved to his rear which enabled the deputies to take control and cuff the suspect. 

Reportedly, the other deputies suffered minor injuries during the fracas.

Sometime after Townsel was detained, he was brought back to court regarding his bond hearing for his trespassing case.

The judge reportedly set his bond at $150,000 and officials say he’s now slated to be facing some new charges in connection with the incident caught on video.

Officials say the incident is still under investigation. 

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