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Ventura attempted burglary suspect sought

A map shows Mission Park in Ventura.

October 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police are looking for a man who they say tried to rob another man after asking him for a cigarette in Ventura.

The incident happened Saturday at Mission Park, located in the 200 block of East Main Street, around 11:30 p.m. The victim told police he was approached by the suspect, who asked him for a cigarette. When the victim reached into his pocket for his cigarettes, he also accidentally pulled out a wad of money.

The suspect told the victim to give him the cash, but the victim refused. That's when the victim says the suspect pulled out a small pocket knife and attacked him with it. The victim was able to fight off the attacker, but sustained cuts to his hands.

The victim's family took him to Community Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

The suspect was last seen fleeing southbound through the park towards Santa Clara Street. He is described as a white male between 16-and 20-years-old.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ventura County Police Department at (805) 339-4441.