Police search for man suspected of beating his fiancée and her mother in Glendale attack

Two women were beaten in their Glendale home on the morning of July 19, 2019. Police suspect the fiance of one of the women was behind the attack.
Police investigators stand outside a home on the 600 block of West Wilson Boulevard in Glendale where authorities found a woman and her mother severely beaten on Friday, July 19.
(James Carbone)

Police are on the search for a 28-year-old man suspected of beating his fiancée and her mother with a hammer in a Glendale apartment early Friday morning.

Brian Cruz is believed to have inflicted “life threatening injuries” to the two women and leaving them in critical condition, according to the Glendale Police Department.

He was last seen leaving the 600 block of West Wilson Avenue in a black GMC Sierra pickup truck, with a black license plate No. BCG1129, according to police.

Glendale police released this photo of Brian Cruz, 28, who is suspected of beating his fiancée and her mother with a hammer.
(Courtesy of the Glendale Police Department.)

Sgt. Ernesto Gaxiola said the department received multiple calls around 4:15 a.m. of a disturbance coming from an apartment in the area. At least one bystander called saying they heard a scream for help.

When police arrived they found two people, a woman in her early 20s and her mother, severely injured.

Gaxiola said the women are expected to survive and were able to call 911 on their own despite their injuries.

Both women live at the home although it’s not known if Cruz does as well, according to Gaxiola.

While it’s believed Cruz is behind the attack, police are still piecing together what led to the incident.

Gaxiola said it’s possible that Cruz has since abandoned the black pickup truck and may be driving a different vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Glendale Police Department at (818) 548-4911.