A 55-year-old man was hospitalized and recovering from severe stab wounds to his neck and hand Friday after he was assaulted in an apparent gang-related attack.
The victim, whose name was withheld, was standing with friends on the corner of La Jolla Street and Arnold Drive about 7:20 p.m. Thursday when a man jumped out of a car and assaulted him, Placentia police Sgt. Adam Gloe said.
Before the attack, the suspect did what police call a “gang hit up,” asking the victim and his friends which gang they were affiliated with, Gloe said. The victim and his friends had no gang ties.
With stab wounds to his neck and hand, the victim was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, but he was expected to survive, Gloe said.
The man’s attacker ran back into the car and fled the scene, Gloe said. About 30 minutes later, Placentia and Anaheim police, with an assist from the department’s helicopter, located the vehicle near Acacia Avenue and Canfield Lane in Anaheim, Gloe said.
When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver allegedly turned into a dead-end alley in the 1400 block of Burton Street, prompting three occupants to try to escape on foot, Gloe said.
Police arrested the three suspects. One of the suspects is a juvenile, so his name was not released. The others, 19-year-old Nathan Runneals of Anaheim and 18-year-old Abraham Gomez of Fullerton, are documented gang members on probation, Gloe said.
They were booked on suspicion of involvement in the stabbing and probation violations, Gloe said.