Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Photo by John Schreiber.

Sheriff’s detectives were searching Tuesday for a 24-year- old transient accused of repeatedly stabbing a woman acquaintance who was attacked while skateboarding in an unincorporated area just north of Covina.

The attack at the Oak Knoll Alternative School at Cienega and Bonnie Cove avenues happened around 12:45 a.m. Monday, said Lt. Elisabeth Sachs of the sheriff’s San Dimas Station.

The 23-year-old victim was skateboarding with friends when she was approached by Peter William Cooley, who rode up to her on a bicycle “and stabbed her multiple times,” Sachs alleged.

The woman, whose name was withheld, told deputies she recognized Cooley as someone she knew a long time ago, the lieutenant said.

The woman was transported to a hospital, where she displayed stable vital signs, Sachs said.

Deputies were using bloodhounds in the search for Cooley, who is believed to be in the Covina/Glendora area, she said.

Cooley was described as white, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He has several visible tattoos on his knuckles and the back of both hands, and also has large tattooed letters on his right forearm.

Anyone with information on Cooley’s whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff’s San Dimas station at (909) 450-2700 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

— Wire reports 

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