A woman, described by a witness as heavily bloodied, was hospitalized after being robbed and stabbed inside her home in the Palms neighborhood Tuesday, Los Angeles police said.
Officers were first called to a report of a robbery in the 3700 block of Delmas Terrace just before 11:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The assailant, described only as a black man, attacked a woman in her mid-20s inside her home, LAPD Officer Hector Madrigal said.
The victim had met her attacker on the street, though investigators don’t know where that took place. She took him back to her home, where he stabbed her and hit her over the head with unknown objects, Madrigal said.
The victim had multiple cuts and lacerations on her face, and was hospitalized in stable condition, the officer said.
Neighbors described hearing cries coming from a secure, gated apartment complex and saw that a woman who had lived there for several years was seriously injured.
“Her screams were so faint. I’m sure she lost a lot of blood; she was probably in and out of consciousness,” resident John Mullin told KTLA. “She was not moving when they took her out. She was just covered in blood.”
The victim could be heard moaning from an opening onto a balcony, Mullin said.
Police were actively searching for the attacker, who stole items from the home.
Madrigal said area residents shouldn’t be alarmed and anticipate the attacker breaking into other homes. He stressed that the crime was not a home-invasion robbery.