Los Angeles CA Nov 22 2016 A boyfriend and girlfriend suspected of shoplifting at a Gelson’s Market in Valley Village were arrested Monday after a good Samaritan, possibly about 70, was stabbed as he tried to help a security guard stop the alleged theft, police said.
Los Angeles police Sgt. Leonid Tsap said the incident began about 10:20 a.m. at the Gelson’s, located at 4738 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Before officers arrived, the Gelson’s security guard tried to stop a woman from stealing an item in the store, Tsap said. The female suspect then called for help from her boyfriend, who charged at the security officer, Tsap said.
The good Samaritan intervened to try to protect the security officer, and a fight ensued.
“In that fight, the bystander got slashed with a knife,” Tsap explained, adding that the good Samaritan is “going to be OK.”
The man was transported to the hospital. The male suspect sustained cuts to his hand during the scuffle and was also taken to an area hospital.
Tsap said police arrived as the “struggle was still going on” and that detectives would figure out specific charges for the couple later.
The officer described the good Samaritan’s actions as a “very heroic thing. ... He might have saved the (security officer’s) life.”
Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Kyle Kirkman of the North Hollywood division said the suspects’ names were not immediately available.
The boyfriend will be booked on suspicion of attempted murder, Kirkman said. The girlfriend will be booked on suspicion of being an accessory to the crime, Kirkman added.
Bail for the man is likely to be set at $1 million, Kirkman said, while the woman’s bail would likely be $500,000.
Eric Preven, who was collecting signatures at the front of the store to place his name on the ballot as a Los Angeles mayoral candidate, said that when he arrived he saw a “large kerfuffle” and a woman in handcuffs sitting in the handicapped-parking area.
Preven said he later learned the good Samaritan is “maybe 70 or around 70.”
The bystander “came charging at the (suspect) and knocked over the guy, after which there was wrestling going on and the individual who did the heroic thing got cut on the back,” Preven said.
Theresa Travis of Studio City was loading bags into her car in the parking lot after the scuffle.
She said she heard the two suspects allegedly tried to steal orange juice.
“It’s definitely not an everyday occurrence,” Travis said about the incident.
Gelson’s representatives inside the store had no comment.