A 19-year-old homeless man accused of slashing nine people while riding past them on a bicycle in the South Los Angeles area was charged Friday with 10 felony counts.
Lenrey Briones was charged with seven counts of aggravated mayhem, two counts of attempted aggravated mayhem and a single count of second-degree robbery.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles.
Briones was detained about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday near a homeless camp in the 10900 block of Wilmington Avenue in Watts, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers found a bike nearby that is believed to be the one he used in his alleged attacks.
“This suspect has been terrorizing the cities of Los Angeles and South Gate for the last several months,” LAPD Capt. Dan Randolph said at a Wednesday evening news conference at the department’s Newton Station.
Some of the victims suffered “significant cuttings” in what Newton Station Lt. Raul Jovell called “life-changing events and incidents.”
Briones may have been using a box cutter in his attacks, police said.
One woman needed 20 stitches to treat her injury and a 13-year-old boy was cut in an attack on Monday, according to Jovell.
Tips from the probation department helped investigators identify and locate Briones, police said.
Two of the attacks occurred Monday in unincorporated Florence near South Los Angeles, the first about 8:40 a.m. near Florence Avenue and Avalon Boulevard, police said.
“The victim was standing on the sidewalk near the bus stop,” according to a police statement. “The unknown suspect approached the victim on his bicycle and slashed at the victim as he rode past him with an unknown-type edged weapon, causing severe injury to his face.”
About 15 minutes later, a woman was slashed in the face near Avalon Boulevard and 59th Place.
“The victim reported that a male suspect on a bicycle slashed her face with an unknown object as he rode past her, causing severe injury to the left side of her face and ear,” the LAPD reported.
A man was slashed in the face by a man on a bicycle near Avalon Boulevard and 59th Street about 7:30 a.m. March 20.
A person was severely injured when slashed in the face in South Gate about 11 a.m. on March 27.
Details about the other attacks were not immediately available.
Briones was on probation for arson, police said.
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