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Authorities search for man on bicycle who slashed 3 people in South Gate and Lynwood

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An image of the cyclist who authorities say slashed two women and a man in the face while riding a mountain bike with a white sticker near the front tire fork.
(South Gate Police Department)

Authorities are looking for a man who slashed three people in the face with a sharp object Wednesday morning while riding a mountain bike in a series of seemingly random attacks in South Gate and Lynwood.

The victims — two women and a man — all suffered superficial lacerations to their faces, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Patterson said.

“For no reason at all he would strike the victims across the face holding something sharp in his hand. Then he would ride away,” Patterson said.

The first two attacks occurred just before 11 a.m. Wednesday. A man was slashed in the face near California Avenue and Imperial Highway in Lynwood. A woman was attacked less than a mile away, at Abbott Road and San Luis Avenue, Patterson said.

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A short time later, another woman was slashed in the face about two miles away. She was in front of a bakery on Firestone Boulevard near Hunt Avenue when she was attacked around 11:10 a.m., South Gate police said.

Authorities do not think the victims knew the attacker.

South Gate police described the man as about 30 years old, 5 feet 6, wearing dark clothing and riding a mountain bike with oversize tires and a white sticker on the bicycle’s left front fork.

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