HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Two off-duty NYPD officers on a business trip responded to the call when they nabbed a 54-year-old man suspected of stabbing a tourist at a Hollywood shopping center.
According to the LAPD, a Russian tourist with his family was shopping at a popular mall in Hollywood when he was attacked by a "transient person" after an altercation Wednesday afternoon. However, the culprit was briefly detained by the off-duty cops.
“I saw a guy with a knife, trying to lunge at another guy, trying to stab him,” witness Jailyn Spivey told WPIX-affiliate KTLA. “There was blood everywhere. And then some other guy, out of nowhere, just tackled him down.”
KTLA reports the two officers were in town for business and were dining nearby.
The victim is in stable condition at a local hospital.
The suspected identified as Donald Offerman was charged with attempted murder, police said. He is being held on $500,000 bail.