A man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a security guard at the entrance to a Culver City mosque, leaving the victim hospitalized with serious injuries, but police said Monday the attack is not being investigated as a hate crime.
The attack that occurred about 8:10 p.m. Friday at the King Fahad Mosque at 10980 Washington Blvd., and Raul Cisneros, 36, was arrested at the scene, according to the Culver City Police Department.
Officers who went to the mosque on a report of an assault “saw that the security guard for the facility had suffered several lacerations to his head and was bleeding profusely,” according to a police statement.
The investigation revealed that the attack occurred when the suspect attempted to enter the mosque but “was denied access by the security guard due to COVID-19 restrictions,” according to police.
Cisneros allegedly lunged at the guard and tried to remove a firearm from the victim’s holster.
“During the attack, the suspect was able to remove a set of keys from the security guard’s belt and stab him in the head numerous times,” police alleged.
The guard, whose name was not released, suffered “serious but non-life-threatening injuries,” according to police, who said several parishioners “intervened and were able to physically restrain the suspect until CCPD arrived on scene. The assault was an isolated incident and is not being investigated as a hate crime.”
Cisneros was booked on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon, and was being held without bail, according to police and the sheriff’s department.