Attacker Armed with Ax on the Loose In West Hollywood *UPDATE*

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Attacker armed with an ax is on the loose in West Hollywood. Deputies were not able to apprehend suspect who attacked another man with an ax this morning in front of the 7-Eleven convenience store at 7950 Santa Monica Blvd., in West Hollywood.

LASD – West Hollywood Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff warned residents to stay indoors and avoid the area of Fairfax Ave and Fountain Ave / Orange Grove Ave and Fountain Ave, due to police activity. K9 was deployed, there was police helicopter activity, and a diversionary device was used that creates a loud sound to disorient the suspect.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the victim confronted the suspect who was trying to steal items at the 7-Eleven. He was then attacked outside of the store.

“The person apparently saw the man trying to steal items from the store and confronted him,” police told KTLA5 News. “The man then left the store. The victim continued shopping and walked out the front door, when the man was apparently waiting outside and attacked the victim with an unknown blunt object”

The attack occurred around 4:30am. The victim was taken to the hospital. The containment action concluded at 9am.

“Sheriff will issue more information ASAP,” West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore John Duran posted on his Facebook account. “Composite being prepared. Be on alert near Fountain/Fairfax.”

***UPDATE***

Suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon

West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station released the image above of the suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies are investigating the circumstances surrounding an “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” call which occurred in the 7900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, at approximately 4:05 a.m. today.

This suspect should be considered ARMED & DANGEROUS. If you believe you have seen the suspect, DO NOT make contact. Please call 9-1-1 or West Hollywood Station at the number listed below.

Responding deputies have learned the suspect, (in the above picture), was stealing items from the location when the victim offered to pay for his items. The suspect became upset, refused the victim’s offer and a struggle ensued. As the victim left the location the suspect pulled out an axe and began to hit him in the head several times. After the assault, the suspect fled the location heading northbound on Hayworth Avenue and out of view.

There is no additional information available at this time.

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Paulo Murillo
Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings close to 20 years of experience in LGBT media and more than two decades as a West Hollywood resident. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. Murillo’s work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. He was a contributor to LGBT magazine IN Los Angeles. He is known for the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, in which he covered breaking news and local events in the City of West Hollywood. His recent work has been published in the Los Angeles Blade and his articles, essays and photographs can also be seen on the pages of THE FIGHT Magazine. He started “The Share” feature for THE FIGHT, which spotlights members of the Los Angeles recovery community who share about their sober journey. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com

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