Police Detain Possible Bicycle Slasher

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Police detained a possible suspect today in the slashings of four people who were attacked by a bicyclist who rode past them in the South Los Angeles area.

The man, who was not identified, was detained about 1:45 p.m. in the 10900 block of Wilmington Avenue in Watts, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jeff Lee. He said more details would be released at an early evening news conference at the department's Newton Station.

Two of the attacks occurred Monday in the Florence section of South Los Angeles, the first about 8:40 a.m. near Florence Avenue and Avalon Boulevard, police said.

``The victim was standing on the sidewalk near the bus stop,'' according to a police statement. ``The unknown suspect approached the victim on his bicycle and slashed at the victim as he rode past him with an unknown-type edged weapon, causing severe injury to his face.''

About 15 minutes later, a woman was slashed in the face near Avalon Boulevard and 59th Place.

``The victim reported that a male suspect on a bicycle slashed her face with an unknown object as he rode past her, causing severe injury to the left side of her face and ear,'' the LAPD reported.

About 7:30 a.m. March 20, a man was slashed in the face by a man on a bicycle near Avalon Boulevard and 59th Street.

And about 11 a.m. March 27, a person was severely injured when slashed in the face in South Gate.

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