Man accused of stabbing 4 leads police on pursuit before waging hours-long standoff on Glendale roof

A man whom authorities suspect of stabbing two women, a 3-year-old girl and a 3-month old baby led police on a winding pursuit from the San Fernando Valley to Glendale, where he scaled a partly built home and waged a standoff with surrounding officers.

The stabbing was reported about 1 p.m. Sunday in the 8800 block of Tobias Avenue in Panorama City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The suspect allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her relative several times, and both women were hospitalized in critical condition, LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez said. The 3-month-old girl had a cut to her thigh and the 3-year-old girl had multiple cuts, Ramirez said. The children were expected to survive.

LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said that after the stabbing, the assailant fled the area but later returned to pick up his car.


Officers were waiting at the property and tried to arrest the man. He eluded police, prompting the pursuit through the foothills and into Glendale.

The chase ended when the man’s car crashed and flipped over. The driver got out and ran to a construction site on a hillside near Buckingham Road and Chevy Chase Drive.

He stood atop the partly built structure. Aerial images from KCBS-TV Channel 2 showed the man sitting on steel frames as LAPD officers advanced on the property.

Crisis negotiators were communicating with the suspect as the standoff continued.


The suspect’s mother arrived at the scene and officers coaxed him into surrendering without incident. He was taken into custody by 8 p.m. and was expected to be booked on suspicion of attempted murder. His identity was not released.

During the standoff, the Glendale Police Department urged residents near Chevy Chase Canyon to remain inside and keep their doors locked.


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11:55 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details on the stabbing incident, including that four people were injured.

10:50 p.m.: This article was updated with confirmation that the man was taken into police custody.


This article was originally published at 6:20 p.m.