A 29-year-old suspect high on meth was in custody Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder after he randomly pulled a woman out of a taco truck line in East Los Angeles and stabbed her several times, authorities said.
A Good Samaritan with a crowbar failed to stop the attack, but deputies happened to be nearby and saved the woman.
The 23-year-old victim was in line at a taco truck with her mother late Wednesday night near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Clela Avenue when the suspect grabbed her by the neck and dragged her away, according to Lt. Alex Salinas of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station.
A man driving by who saw the attack attempted to scare off the suspect with a crowbar but was unsuccessful, Salinas said.
The woman suffered stab wounds to her hands and arms from blocking the suspect’s strikes with a knife, according to Salinas. Deputies happened to be in the immediate area, stopped the attack and took the suspect into custody, he added.
The woman was taken to a hospital in stable condition, Salinas said.
The suspect did not know the victim but admitted to deputies he had been using methamphetamine all day, according to Salinas. No one else was injured.
—City News Service
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