Local News in Brief : Huntington Beach : Police Following Lead in 5 Horse Stabbings

Police are looking for a man who may have information about five horse stabbings that have occurred at stables over the past year.

Officers released a composite drawing of a man who was wandering the grounds of a horse stable near Golden West Street and Ellis Avenue on Oct. 12, police spokeswoman Jo Anne Bonkowski said Wednesday.

A caretaker at the stables told police that he did not recognize the man, Bonkowski said. When the caretaker confronted him, the man identified himself as John and said he was a former Vietnam veteran and lived in Huntington Beach.

The man is not considered a suspect, she said.


John is described as Caucasian, about 30 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with short blond hair and a mustache. He was wearing a black tank top, jeans and tennis shoes.

The most recent attack on horses came on Oct. 13, when an Arabian show stallion and an Appaloosa were found stabbed at the stable on Golden West Street. The series of attacks have left one horse dead and 12 injured, police said.