13 year old boy, girl stable in ICU after mall stabbings
REDONDO BEACH (CNS) – The teenage boy and girl who were both stabbed at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach remained hospitalized Sunday, but have stable life signs, police said.
The 13-year-old victims were taken to a hospital Saturday night where they had surgery and were stable condition and being monitored in an intensive care unit, Redondo Beach police Sgt. Shawn Freeman said.
Police have released a vague description of the suspected slasher, and described him as a black man about 40 to 50 years old, tall with a medium build. The man had a beard and mustache, possibly graying, and may have been wearing prescription glasses.
Police said the suspect was wearing a camouflage jacket, possibly green and brown, jeans, black t-shirt and a dark beanie. The weapon was a kitchen knife with a black handle.
Details of the injuries were not being released, but Freeman said both victims were stabbed in the chest area.
“Details leading up to the stabbings are not known at this time, as the investigation is still ongoing,” Freeman said.
The names and city of residence of the victims were not released, but they are both from the South Bay area, Freeman said.
The stabbings were reported at 7:23 p.m. Saturday at the mall’s third level, in front of the AMC Theatres, said Sgt. Shawn Freeman of the Redondo Beach Police Department.
When police arrived, they found both teenagers unconscious and summoned paramedics.
Investigators were reviewing South Bay Galleria mall surveillance video for possible stills and/or video that might aid in the identification of the person or persons responsible for the stabbing, Freeman said, and today police released a description of the suspect and the weapon.
“The motive for the stabbing is unknown,” Freeman said, adding that investigators continued reviewing mall surveillance video.
Police urged anyone with information regarding this stabbing to contact the Redondo Beach police Tip Line at (310) 937-6685.