Tourist stabbed at Hollywood and Highland Center; off-duty NY cops subdue attacker

ByRob Hayes and staff KABC logo
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Tourist stabbed in Hollywood; off-duty NY cops subdue attacker
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A stabbing suspect is taken into custody at Hollywood and Highland, as the victim waits to be transported to a hospital on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A tourist who was shopping with his family was attacked at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood Wednesday.

Police said they received a report of someone getting stabbed in the area around 1:11 p.m. While the crowd was screaming and running, two plainclothes New York police officers stepped in and subdued the suspect at gunpoint.

The LAPD said the Russian tourist was with his wife and two young daughters when he got into an altercation with a man, who police believe was homeless. Witnesses say the father was trying to protect his family and was stabbed repeatedly with a kitchen knife.

"They (were) all behind him, and he was standing in front, and the guy was rushing toward him, so he was fighting him off," one witness told ABC7. "He got sliced in the head, he got sliced in the neck, arms ... there was a puddle of blood just sitting on the ground."

The suspect has been identified as 54-year-old Donald Offerman. He has been charged with attempted murder and his bail was set at $500,000.

The man who was stabbed was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

LAPD said the two New York City officers were in town for work-related reasons, but were off-duty at the time.