The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station has released a photo of the man alleged to have attacked another man with an axe this morning at the 7-Eleven convenience store on Santa Monica Boulevard at Hayworth.
An update on the attack from the Sheriff’s Station says that “responding deputies have learned the suspect … was stealing items from the location when the victim offered to pay for his items. The suspect became upset, refused the victim’s offer and a struggle ensued. As the victim left the location the suspect pulled out an axe and began to hit him in the head several times. After the assault, the suspect fled the location heading northbound on Hayworth Avenue and out of view.
“The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.”
Deputies were alerted to the incident around 4:10 a.m. In their search for the suspect officers headed to Fountain Avenue between Fairfax and Orange Grove. They employed dogs and helicopters along with a “diversionary device,” which creates loud sounds intended to distract the suspect. Traffic also was blocked in the area.
The Sheriff’s announcement warns that the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. If you believe you have seen the suspect, do not make contact. Instead call 9-1-1 or the West Hollywood Station at (310) 855-8850.