Thug walks up to 82-year-old man who apparently uses wheelchair, stabs him from behind in reportedly unprovoked attack inside Los Angeles Taco Bell

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Surveillance video caught the moment an 82-year-old man was stabbed from behind while eating in a Los Angeles Taco Bell, KTTV-TV reported.

Fox News called it an unprovoked attack.

What are the details?

Los Angeles police said the suspect on Oct. 3 approached the elderly man from behind as he was dining inside the fast-food restaurant in the 12000 block of Venice Boulevard, KTTV reported. Surveillance video showed an empty wheelchair next to the victim, who was seated in a restaurant chair at the time of the attack.

The suspect then stabbed the victim in the neck and shoulder and ran from the scene, KTTV said, citing police, who responded around 7 p.m.

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The victim was rushed to a hospital, KTTV said, and remains as of Thursday on the road to recovery. Fox News said he was in critical condition.

What do we know about the suspect?

The suspect is described as a bald man, likely in his 20s or 30s, who stands between 5 feet, 1-inch and 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, KTTV said.

The suspect also has a large tattoo on the back of his head and a small tattoo next to his left eye, LAPD added to the station.

Anyone with information can call 310-482-6369, KTTV said.

How are folks reacting?

Commenters on Yahoo! News were horrified and angry about the stabbing:

  • “Can’t get much lower than that,” one commenter said.
  • “Defund the police they said. No cash bail the said. Empty the jails they said. Any theft under $1,000 is acceptable they said. Now we are dealing with all these upstanding citizens. Congratulations, you’ve gone and done it, and innocent people are paying the price,” one commenter reacted. “Fire every single politician that supports such madness.”
  • “And when we catch him we will let him go!” another commenter predicted.
  • “I have come to believe that all these actions by the various and sundry state and local governments that have led to this enormous escalation in violent crime is being perpetrated for that very reason: to increase instances of violent crime against the citizenry and make them scared,” another commenter wrote. “Scared people are easier to lead and control, and when things get so bad as they are becoming, it will be much easier to get the people to accept any solution that’s proposed — and those solutions will not be anything that anybody today would be willing to accept.”

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