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Homeless man stabbed in Canyon Country

Bloodied victim walked into a convenience store and asked clerk to call paramedics

Posted: August 4, 2013 8:47 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2013 8:47 p.m.

A homeless man was stabbed three times and rushed to the hospital Sunday after he casually walked into a convenience store and asked the clerk to call 9-1-1, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

At 5:40 p.m. Sunday, first responders received a 9-1-1 call that a man had been stabbed and was at the 7-Eleven food store on Sierra Highway at Soledad Canyon Road, said Supervisor Bernard Peters of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded immediately to the store.

“He’s a homeless man and he was stabbed,” said Sgt. Dean Currie, of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “He had three punctures to his torso.”

“He apparently just walked into the store and said ‘Can you call paramedics?,’” he said, wrapping up his investigation at the spot where the victim was found.

The victim, estimated to be in his 30’s, could not provide a describe of his assailant, said Currie, who heads the station’s Career Offender Burglary Robbery Apprehension (COBRA) unit.

Monica Pulido was the clerk behind the cash register when the stabbing victim entered the store.

“He was kind of nonchalant about it,” she said. “He said, ‘Can you call paramedics for me?’”

Pulido called 9-1-1, then cleaned up the blood left in the store.

“He was leaning on a few things but I cleaned it up right away,” she said.

At 5:53 p.m., paramedics took the victim to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Lieutenant Tom Bryski of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station later told The Signal that the victim’s wounds were “superficial” and he was taken to the hospital only as a precaution.

“He’s fine,” Lt. Bryski said. “The wounds weren’t serious.”
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