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A 19-year-old was stabbed in Downtown Santa Monica on Monday, Aug. 13 while waiting for a bus at Santa Monica Boulevard and 4th Street.
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A 19-year-old was stabbed in Downtown Santa Monica on Monday, Aug. 13 while waiting for a bus at Santa Monica Boulevard and 4th Street.

News, Downtown, Santa Monica, Police Department

News Update

Homeless Man Suspected Of Stabbing Teenager In Downtown Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 14, 2012, 2:18 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

A 19-year-old teenager is in stable condition this morning after receiving several stab wounds from a random attack while waiting for a bus near the Third Street Promenade on Monday evening.

Santa Monica police received reports of the stabbing via 911 calls at 6:18 p.m. at a bus stop located on Santa Monica Boulevard at 4th Street.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis told The Mirror it appeared to be a random attack -- and the suspect appeared to be homeless.

“The victim and his girlfriend were exiting a restaurant and they had walked to a bus stop when he was attacked by the suspect who he had never seen before,” Lewis told The Mirror. “Everything else is under investigation at this point such as the motive, we’re working on that.”

Lewis said there were a large number of witnesses. He said SMPD detectives would examine camera footage this morning.

Lewis said the suspect is described as either white, Hispanic, or native American in his late 30s or late 40s, approximately 5’8”, 190 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes. Witnesses report that he was wearing a black hat, white shirt, beige cargo shorts, and white shoes.

Lewis said the victim was in stable condition.

“His injuries are determined to be non life threatening,” Lewis said. “He received several stab wounds and one large laceration.”

The 1400 block of 4th Street was shut down immediately after the incident. It reopened at 8:30 p.m.

The suspect is still at large. The knife used in the attack was not recovered.

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Aug. 14, 2012, 3:36:27 pm

rubin said...

No more putting up with all of these mentally ill bums in this town! Enough handouts already. Cops do your job and run them out. This is supposed to be a nice city not a urine soaked hell hole for nutjobs to wander and sleep in the park like a bunch of dog piles.

Aug. 14, 2012, 3:48:18 pm

james said...

"Examine camera footage in the morning..." WTF? There is a wild man roaming the streets trying to kill innocent people and the SMPD will look at camera footage IN THE MORNING!!?? what the hell is wrong with looking at it NOW, Chief? What kind of department are you running? Sheesh....

Aug. 14, 2012, 5:20:39 pm

Baron said...

I can not believe the amount of money spent on all the new cameras and technology in the town and the suspect is still at large. Now very promising to live in a urine soaked town where your afraid to carry your purse these days because of all the crazy homeless folk. I agree Rubin... run them out of this town. We are living in complete filth with these homeless folks, I'm afraid to touch anything at the promenade, I'm afraid to even go down there, I would be really upset if I were business owners, because it definitely scares the customers away... and the citizens living here are paying top dollar for property and have to share it with the half way house.... figure out a solution...

Aug. 14, 2012, 5:55:16 pm

BB said...

I work in a store just around the corner of what happened to this teenager guy, It's a real NIGHTMARE. We have homeless people coming in, smelling urine, extremely dirty, and then they leave, not before scaring customers and leaving that disgusting smell inside of the store. We call the police at least 3 times per week. The last two calls we made, the police took almost half hour to an hour to come up to the store. We tried to complain with the SM Councilman about the homeless situation but nothing changed. We are desperate. We don't feel safe and our sales dropped big time. Help!

Aug. 15, 2012, 1:13:42 am

L McCann said...

Too many homeless and mentally ill in Santa Monica. Santa Monica says "they care" about the homeless and allow them access to any area of the community. Well if you really care about the situation then house them. I hope that this young man is doing fine.

Aug. 15, 2012, 3:00:15 am

sonia said...

SM gets Federal help $$$ to "take care" of the homeless. Maybe is not enough money since we are at risk to be stabbed by one of them.

Aug. 15, 2012, 10:53:35 am

Steve J. said...

The homeless are dangerous. Everyone should stay away from them and keep your family safe. Call the police if you see a homeless acting crazy.

Aug. 15, 2012, 11:14:21 am

ComicGuy said...

Recently, while I was working in Third Street Promenade, a couple stopped to chat as they were walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?" She replied... "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people." Her parents beamed with pride! "Wow...what a worthy goal!" I said. "But you don't have to wait until you're President to do that!" I told her. "What do you mean?" she replied. So I told her, "You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I'll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out and give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house." She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?" I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party." Her parents aren't speaking to me anymore

Aug. 15, 2012, 12:35:06 pm

Victoria said...

Mr. Comic Guy, this is not about politics but I want to remind you that since the Reagan era, we have to deal with them on the streets. SM Councilman and even Venice they are very permissive allowing them to live on the streets. The results are quite impressive because of the high crimes in this two cities. Nobody can see them in Beverly Hills or in Malibu. What's going on in SM and Venice? We don't know. Somebody pointed out a very interesting fact. Both cities they get Federal Founds for the homeless. So, how is possible that business in SM they have to be in such trouble with them? Something to think about.

Aug. 15, 2012, 5:16:22 pm

DJG said...

I second what Rubin said.

Aug. 16, 2012, 6:11:32 am

Mario P. said...

Good news, LA county to spend 105 MILLION on the homeless, to get them off the street. The BAD news is that we wont see a change! Corruption.

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