A suspected robber remained at large Friday after he allegedly slashed a woman's neck in a Pico-Union laundromat.
Officers responded to the incident near Vermont Avenue and Venice Boulevard around 6:15 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from Los Angeles police.
L.A. City Fire Department paramedics on the scene were treating the victim, who appeared to have a laceration on her neck, LAPD said.
Investigators said a man approached the woman from behind in a laundromat while she was at a coin machine and slashed her neck with a sharp object as he grabbed her purse. The victim fell to the ground while the man fled, LAPD said.
Sergio Cedillo, a security guard who was on duty at the time, said he was across the parking lot when people began screaming.
“It was really bad. She was losing a lot of blood,” he said. “I mean, she was in really bad condition. I felt helpless that I couldn’t help her.”
Cedillo called 911, and paramedics rushed the woman to the hospital.
The woman underwent surgery for her injuries, according to the agency. Police did not provide further details about her condition.
Authorities described the suspect as a 25- to 35-year-old Hispanic man about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 170 to 180 pounds. He was seen having a thick, dark goatee; holding a skateboard; and wearing a gray baseball cap, all-black clothing and black shoes with white soles.
Anyone with information could call 213-382-9446 or 877-527-3247. Those who wish to remain anonymous could contact L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or through lacrimestoppers.org.