Police released surveillance footage on Monday showing a suspect accused of repeatedly stabbing and punching an 89-year-old man the bathroom of a McDonald's in Garden Grove, leaving the victim in critical condition.
The incident occurred Saturday morning as the victim was having breakfast with his church group in the McDonald's at 12542 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove Police Lt. Carl Whitney said.
According to the lieutenant, the fast food chain's security cameras show the attacker enter the restroom about 20 minutes before the victim.
“The suspect is in the restroom, he’s got his back against the wall, his arms are folded — just hanging out, watching people come and go from the restroom,” Whitney said.
The suspect and victim had no communication before the assault was launched, he added.
“(The victim) says as he’s washing his hands the suspect comes up behind him, starts punching him in the head, and all of a sudden he’s getting stabbed," Whitney said. "The victim was punched numerous times, stabbed numerous times, and went down on the ground until help came in the restroom.”
Police believe the attacker used a small knife to stab him repeatedly in his upper torso, from both the front and back.
Fellow church members used their ties and other pieces of clothing to stem his bleeding until authorities could respond, officials said.
The victim remained hospitalized Monday, in critical but stable condition, Whitney said. Police have not released his name.
The video released Monday shows the suspect fleeing the McDonald's. Investigators believe he ran to Angelo's Burgers at 11511 Westminster Ave. — about a quarter mile away — where he appeared to have convinced someone to give him a ride out of the area.
Police describe the suspect as a Latino or white man in his 20s measuring around 6 feet tall.
Detectives have not determined a possible motive for the attack.
Witnesses or anyone else with information can contact Garden Grove detectives at 714-741-5800.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly indicated the time of day the stabbing occurred.