Friday, October 21, 2016

East L.A. woman critically injured in hammer attack [updated]



EAST LOS ANGELES — A woman remains in critical condition after being attacked by a man with a hammer early this morning.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a male suspect after responding to a family disturbance call at about 2:35 a.m. in the 3700 block of Whiteside Street, said Deputy Navarro. A hammer was recovered at the scene.

The woman was transported to a hospital where she remains in critical condition, Navarro said.

This incident comes after two unprovoked hammer attacks took place earlier this year in East Los Angeles.  LASD released a composite sketch of a suspect in those attacks that took place only hours apart on March 25.

It’s not clear, however, if the two previous hammer attacks are related to today’s incident.

Update: KTLA reports that the woman’s 27-year-old son was arrested for allegedly beating his mother with a hammer while she slept.

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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