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Bus rider injured in Mid-City attack with closed box cutter

April 27, 2010 |  8:06 am

Los Angeles police were looking for a bus rider who assaulted another passenger on a bus early Tuesday after punching him while holding a closed box cutter in his fist.

The attacker was holding the box cutter and talking to himself when he assaulted another MTA passenger about 1:30 a.m., punching the man three times in the face, said Sgt. Andrew Bedogne with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's transit services bureau.

The bus stopped at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, where firefighters treated the victim for a 2-inch laceration on his forehead. The man in his 40s was taken to a hospital, where he received four stitches.

The attacker, described as an Asian man in his 20s, fled on foot, leaving the box cutter at the scene.

-- Tony Barboza