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Arrest made in stabbing of North Hollywood woman

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – A home invasion robbery in which a woman was stabbed on Sunday started when the car of a drunken gang member from El Sereno became disabled from either breaking down or running out of gas in front of the woman’s apartment complex, police said this morning. Christopher Cruz, 19, of East Los Angeles, is accused of stabbing and injuring an unidentified 33-year-old woman during a home invasion robbery in the 11500 block of Magnolia Boulevard, near Colfax Avenue, about 6 a.m. Sunday, police said. Los Angeles Police Detective Tom Townsend said that Cruz is a member of an El Sereno gang who was drunk and driving around the Valley when his vehicle either broke down or ran out of gas. The suspect allegedly began trying doors in the apartment building and found the high school teacher’s door unlocked. Police said neighbors heard the commotion and confronted the man before he took off. One neighbor followed him, but he got away, police said. “It was circumstances,” he said. “There was no rhyme or reason to it.” The woman was hospitalized in stable condition with multiple stab wounds, police said. Missing from the woman’s apartment were a laptop and other undisclosed items. The Special Investgation Section tracked the suspect down to a store parking lot in East Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, Townsend said. Cruz was being held on a charge of attempted murder at the Valley Jail in Van Nuys. Bail was set at $550,000. Townsend said police had his car towed from in front of the North Hollywood apartment. —————————————- For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre last_img read more