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Teen arrested in Urban Noodle restroom stabbing

March 20, 2012 |  8:12 am

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A man was chased several blocks from a skid row park into a downtown Asian fusion restaurant where he was cornered in a bathroom stall and stabbed repeatedly in the throat and chest, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

Officers arrested a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder in the attack reported around noon Monday at the Urban Noodle in the 110 block of W. 4th Street after the unidentified victim had fled into the restaurant after being chased for several blocks by as many as five people, said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon.

The suspect, who was not identified because of his age and was being held at Eastlake Juvenile Hall, was donning distinctive red ear muffs when he and another man burst into the eatery just as lunch was getting underway, Vernon said.

The teen and another unidentified man went to the back of the restaurant and entered the restroom, where the victim was hiding in the bathroom stall, police said.

The suspects then tore the door off its hinges to get to the victim. After the stabbing, the suspects ran out through the front of the Rocket Pizza Lounge, which shares the bathroom with Urban Noodle.

The victim was listed in critical condition after being taken a hospital. No customers or workers were hurt in either of the dining establishments, police said.

Vernon said the suspect returned to San Julian Park, where the incident was believed to have originated, and tried to discard his clothing and the red ear muffs but was spotted by LAPD officers and arrested.

The juvenile is believed to be a gang associate, Vernon said. Detectives were searching Tuesday for the second suspect.


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Map: Shows approximate location of incident in black and recent crime reports in brown and red. Credit: Los Angeles Times