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News Release

Friday, March 13, 2009

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Man Attacked While Collecting Recyclables

Los Angeles: A 71-year-old man was stabbed as he searched for recyclables early Friday morning.

On March 13, 2009, at around 6:40 a.m., the victim was in the rear alley of the 14000 block of Ventura Boulevard collecting recyclables.  A White man with blond hair, weighing 160-180 lbs., 40 to 50 year of age, began arguing with the elderly man; the reason remains unclear.  The suspect stabbed the victim with an unknown sharp weapon.

The elderly victim was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Van Nuys Homicide Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Van Nuys Homicide Detective Pedro Barba at 818-374-0040.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.