A 29-year-old man charged after grabbing a woman out of an East Los Angeles taco line, pulling her down the street and repeatedly stabbing her did not know his victim, authorities said Friday.
The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 5000 block of Whittier Boulevard.
The man approached the victim, “violently dragged her down the street against her will,” and began stabbing her, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release said.
The suspect was identified by the county District Attorney’s Office Friday as Andres Contreras, 29. He was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.
He told the victim, “We’re both going to die today,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
A passerby tried to stop the attack with a crowbar but was also slashed with the knife, a sheriff’s sergeant said. That man was cut in the chest, according to the DA’s office.
Deputies who arrived were able to take the man into custody. Video from the scene showed him being placed into an ambulance.
A folding knife believed used in the attack was recovered at the scene.
“The motive behind the attack is currently being investigated. The suspect and the victim did not know each other prior to this incident,” the Sheriff’s Department stated Friday.
The victim, described as a female Hispanic adult, she is recovering and is in good condition at a hospital, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Contreras’ arraignment was scheduled for Friday afternoon. He faces life in prison if convicted.