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Two 13-Year-Olds Stabbed by Man with Kitchen Knife at Local Mall

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Two thirteen-year-olds are recovering from injuries sustained during an alleged stabbing at a local mall Saturday night. The boy and the girl were assaulted by a slasher wielding a kitchen knife at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach.

Authorities say the suspect is a black male, 40 to 50 years old, with a beard and mustache and signs of graying, according to City News Service. He may have been wearing prescription eyeglasses. Police said the suspect was wearing a camoflauge jacket, possibly greenand brown, jeans, black t-shirt and a dark beanie.

The teens were discovered stabbed and unconscious outside the AMC Theaters on the mall's third level at about 7:23 p.m. Saturday. They were rushed to the hospital, and both underwent surgery Sunday afternoon, at which time authorities confirmed both victims were stabbed in the chest.

"Details leading up to the stabbings are not known at this time, as the investigation is still ongoing," Redondo Beach police Sgt. Shawn Freeman said.

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Authorities have noted, however, that the attack on the teens was unprovoked, notes Redondo Beach Patch. "As far as we know right now, it's a completely unprovoked attack … [The teen victims] were sitting on a bench, and the suspect walks up, stabs them and walks away," Freeman said.

Investigators are making use of all available mall surveillance video that could help them determine who the suspect is.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to contact the Redondo Beach Police.