Two suspects were in custody Thursday in connection with a carjacking in the Sunland-Tujunga area of Los Angeles that left a pregnant woman hospitalized with numerous stab wounds.
The crime was reported just after 6 p.m. Wednesday in the 10800 block of Eldora Avenue, according to Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section
A man stabbed the female driver in the chest and he and other suspects took her vehicle, which crashed into some parked vehicles, police said.
The woman, 12 weeks pregnant, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. She was in stable condition Thursday morning, police said.
The victim was approached by two or three gang members who asked for her phone, and when they didn’t get it they took her car and assaulted her.
Two suspects were taken into custody, and were booked on suspicion of carjacking and attempted murder, police said. Their names were not immediately released.
“She’s got 10 punctures from stabbing, one of which went all the way through the nose,” the victim’s husband, Greg Maga, told reporters. “Because she’s pregnant, she tried to protect herself from the stabbing, she used her hand, so she has a lot of stabs on her hand. … We don’t know yet about the baby.”
LAPD Lt. Frank Kryshak told reporters that an undisclosed number of other suspects were being sought.
“The chief is making this a priority,” Kryshak said. “We are making this a priority here at Foothill (Station). We’ve been working on this case non-stop since last night and we will continue to do that. Sometimes we use the term imminent. In this case it is imminent, we are going to make arrests with the other outstanding individuals.”
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