Hollywood slashings allegedly followed comments over costume
The man arrested on suspicion of slashing a couple with box cutters at a Metro Red Line station in Hollywood approached one of the victims before the incident and berated her for wearing a provocative Halloween costume, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
Lang David Dunbar, a 25-year-old transient on probation for felony forgery, was charged Tuesday with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of mayhem in connection with the assault on the early morning of Nov. 1.
Investigators from the sheriff's Transit Services Bureau will be bringing Dunbar, who has waived extradition, back from Ohio.
"The suspect accused the female victim of being a prostitute because she was wearing a provocative Halloween costume," sheriff's officials said in a statement. "An altercation ensued and the male victim came to the aid of the female. Both victims were slashed by the suspect who fled on foot."
A witness dressed as a clown came to the aid of the couple, who were both seriously injured in the attack.
Los Angeles County sheriff's Transit Services Bureau deputies reviewed video surveillance footage and, with information from the victims, witnesses and a street source, said they were able to identify Dunbar as the suspect.
Detectives said Dunbar fled to Cleveland, where he was arrested.
With Dunbar's capture, sheriff's officials said they have now made three arrests in connection with recent attacks on Metropolitan Transportation Authority subways or at stations.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: The Metro Red Line subway
Credit: Los Angeles Times