A man accused of brutally beating his 25-year-old fiancee and her mother in Glendale is being sought by police, who released his name and information about his vehicle Friday.
Brian Cruz, 28, is suspected of leaving his fiancee in critical condition and her mother in serious condition after a beating with what police believe was a hammer.
He was driving a black GMC Sierra Denali pickup truck, with a black license plate No. BCG1129. Police said he had a prior DUI arrest.
Officers were called to a home in the 600 block of West Wilson Boulevard about 4:15 a.m. Friday, Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles said. Both victims live at the home but police said it's unclear whether the suspect lives there as well.
Multiple 911 calls had come in about the incident — the first one from a neighbor who heard a disturbance and a later call from one of the victims, according to Sgt. Ernesto Gaxiola.
He said the mother made the call and her daughter was able to get on the phone, managing to give authorities crucial details about what happened.
"And kudos to her — her toughness in being able to provide some very significant information that is going to assist us in
this investigation," Gaxiola said of the 25-year-old victim.
"Based on the circumstances that occurred, she did an outstanding job in remaining vigilant," Gaxiola said.
Officers discovered both women had been violently beaten over the head with a blunt force object, according to Suttles. Police later confirmed the weapon was possibly a hammer.
Gaxiola described the attack as a "very vicious assault."
Investigators believe the suspect assaulted the younger woman first in a domestic dispute and then her mother heard the commotion and went into the room where they were, Suttles said.
He then allegedly assaulted the older woman with the same object before fleeing the scene. It's unclear exactly how the events unfolded or when the man first became violent, Gaxiola said.
Cruz was described by police as a Hispanic man who stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Police initially gave a different description of his vehicle and an incorrect license plate number.
Authorities said Cruz could flee the country since he has family in Mexico.
Anyone with information can contact Glendale police and anonymous tips can be submitted to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Tipsters can also visit lacrimestoppers.org.
KTLA's Lucas DerMugrdechian contributed to this report.