One man has died and another is expected to survive in what authorities say was a random and unprovoked knife attack inside a Burbank fast food restaurant.
The incident happened just after 11 a.m. at the Burger King on 545. N. Victory Blvd. when a man armed with a knife entered the restaurant and began stabbing a customer seated inside.
Sgt. Derek Green, a spokesman with the Burbank Police Department, said it’s unknown what prompted the attack as the customer, described as “elderly,” was with a pair of acquaintances at the time.
As the attack was happening, another customer in the restaurant attempted to stop it and got into a struggle with the armed man. Green said the attacker sustained several knife wounds during the struggle that were considered life-threatening.
Both men were transported to a hospital for treatment of their injuries while the customer who helped stop the attack was not hospitalized.
The suspect in the attack, identified as James Rey Richard Kagaoan, 36, later died from his injuries. Authorities described him as a transient whose last-reported address was in Sun Valley.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing and anyone with information on the incident can contact Burbank police at (818) 238-3210.