Panorama City hospital employee stable after stabbing; suspect at large
A man suspected of stabbing a Panorama City hospital employee was at large Monday evening, according to authorities.
Officers were called at 6:41 p.m. to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon by a man wielding a knife, said Officer Annie Hernandez, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson. Units responded to Mission Community Hospital in the 14800 block of Roscoe Boulevard.
They found one male victim who’d been stabbed, Hernandez said.
Craig Garner, a hospital spokesperson, later identified the victim as a hospital employee and said the stabbing occurred somewhere outside the hospital.
“The employee was transferred in stable condition to another facility,” Garner said.
Police remained on the scene Monday night after conducting a search to ensure hospital safety, he said. Hospital officials will continue to monitor the injured employee’s condition.
Carlos Diaz, 23, was arrested after a fire destroyed Victory Baptist Church and injured three firefighters, authorities said.
Hospital officials did not know whether the assailant and employee knew each other, or whether the attack was random, Garner said.
Firefighters responded at 7 p.m. and transported the victim to a trauma center, said Nicholas Prange, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson.
The suspect was described as a Latino male, possibly 40 to 50 years old; 5 feet, 7 inches tall, about 140 pounds; and wearing a hoodie, shirt, hat and backpack, all in black, Hernandez said.
His identity was not known, she said.
The suspect fled and his whereabouts were unknown Monday night.
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