Video: Man Stabs Cyclist Who Made A Simple Request, Police Say


A man was stabbed in the neck in the parking lot of a Mid-City Carl's Jr. when he asked another man to turn off his headlights.

Police have released surveillance footage of a fight in the parking lot of a Carl's Jr. on La Cienega Blvd. near the 10 Freeway, KTLA reports. They're looking for a man they say stabbed a cyclist in the neck. They're also looking for the man's passenger, a woman who is seen getting out of the car briefly and then choosing not to get involved.

The incident happened on March 21 at about 8:20 p.m. T.J. Smith, a security guard in the area, witnessed the end of the fight and told KTLA about a possible cause. He said that the victim was sitting near his bike in the parking lot eating a meal. The other man was sitting in a Toyota 4Runner that was backed into a parking space with the headlights on. When the cyclist asked the driver to turn off his headlights, the situation quickly escalated.

The driver can be seen on the video getting out of the car and advancing towards the cyclist, who is seen backing away. A fight breaks out, during which each party throws a few punches before the driver pulls out a knife and stabs the man in the neck. A woman then gets out of the Toyota and takes a few steps towards the men, but then stops and gets back into the car. The two men separate, but the driver again lunges towards the cyclist a few moments later before leaving the scene.

The cyclist was able to ride his bike to a nearby hospital for help and is okay.

LAPD Officer Jack Richter told KTLA that "the most disturbing part about [the incident], of course, is that you have an individual who carries a knife around with him and is willing to use it."

The driver is described as a Hispanic man between 25 and 30 years old, about 5'9" and between 170 and 180 pounds. The passenger is Hispanic woman, also between 25 and 30 years old, about 5'6" and 145 pounds. The car is a late '90s or early 2000s silver Toyota 4Runner SUV. Anyone with information can call Wilshire Major Assault Detective C. Guel at (213) 922-8229.