An investigation was underway after a bicyclist was fatally stabbed in the San Fernando Valley early Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Sherman Way and Lurline Avenue in Winnetka, LAPD Lt. Scott Harrelson said.
When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a bicyclist down on the ground, according to Harrelson. The victim had been beaten and stabbed with a knife.
Police found multiple stab wounds to the victim’s side and chest areas, though it was not yet known how many times the bicyclist had been stabbed.
The man’s identity has not been released.
Investigators were still trying to determine what led up to the violent encounter. Harrelson said it appeared to be possibly related to an attempted robbery that had occurred about a half-mile away from the crime scene.
The victim had no ties to the first crime, and appeared to have been in the “wrong area” at the “wrong time,” according to Harrelson.
He described the area as a “pretty quiet neighborhood,” and said crimes of that nature were “not something we normally see here.”
Police were searching for two or three males in connection with the attack, according to Harrelson. He added he did not have a description of any the assailants.
An investigation was ongoing, an anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call the LAPD’s Topanga Detective Division at 818-756-4820.