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Hiker Stabbed Near Popular Trailhead in Altadena; Suspect in Custody

The area of Altadena Drive and Midwick Avenue in Altadena is seen in a photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on May 29, 2019.

The area of Altadena Drive and Midwick Avenue in Altadena is seen in a photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on May 29, 2019.

A hiker was stabbed near the Henninger Flats trailhead in Altadena’s Eaton Canyon Wednesday night, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Altadena station.

Deputies responded to the area of Altadena Drive and Midwick Avenue at around 8 p.m. to find a hiker that had been stabbed several times in his upper torso, the sheriff’s department said.

After the attack, the man ran from the trail to a home near Altadena Drive and Roosevelt Avenue to ask for help.

The man was treated at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital, according to LASD. His condition was unknown.

Authorities said that when deputies arrived at the scene, they found a man believed to be the suspected stabber and took him into custody.

Sheriff’s department officials did not identify the suspected stabber, only saying that he was a man in his 30s and appeared to be a transient.

A knife was recovered at the scene, the sheriff’s department said.

As of Thursday morning, no motive had been established for the stabbing and authorities said they believe it was a random attack.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the suspected stabber was injured and he was also taken to a hospital.

No further details were immediately available.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the LASD’s Altadena Station at 626-798-1131. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

LASD officials reminded residents that hikers should fill out the department’s search and rescue hiking plan sheet and give it to a loved one to hold on to in case of an emergency during a hike.

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