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Two men arrested in stabbing of El Monte market clerk

December 27, 2009 |  1:11 pm
A man suspected of stabbing a woman working at an El Monte market was arrested at his West Covina home today, police said. A second suspect was arrested Saturday night after showing up at the Boyle Heights hospital where the woman was being treated.

The woman, a clerk at Ted's Quality Market, was working Saturday evening when two men entered the market at 2514 Durfee Ave. just after 6 p.m.  One man began stabbing her in the chest and left arm, said Lt. Chuck Carlson of the El Monte Police Department.

The two men fled in a 1991 Acura Legend, said Det. Ralph Batres of the El Monte police.

The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment, police said. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Four hours after the stabbing, the driver of the Acura — parollee Allen Tran, 28 — showed up at the Boyle Heights hospital in the car, Batres said. USC police, who had a description of the suspect and his license-plate number, apprehended Tran at the hospital entrance. He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and was being held at El Monte jail without bail. 

Police said they didn't know why Tran came to the hospital following the attack.

The second suspect accused in the stabbing, Johnny Ngo, 29, was arrested at his home this morning, Batres said.

The motive for the attack is still under investigation.

-- Ruben Vives