The Los Angeles Police Department released body camera footage from an incident that occurred Tuesday evening involving a man wielding a pair of swords accused of ruthlessly stabbing a woman.
The suspect, 23-year-old Eric Herrera, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 43-year-old woman suffered multiple stab wounds.
A family member identified the female victim as the suspect’s mother, KTLA reported. They also said Herrera had been troubled for some time and that an argument led to the gruesome attack.
Josh Gordon, a neighbor who witnessed the incident, told the L.A. Times that he heard the victim crying out for help and pleading with the suspect to stop the attack.
According to Gordon, who lives across the street from where the incident occurred, the victim said to the suspect, “I’m your mother.”
LAPD has not confirmed the relationship between Herrera and the victim.
“He did not seem to be in a lucid state,” Gordon stated about the suspect. “He was moving and walking slowly. My main concern was the woman’s safety. There was a real sense of helplessness watching it happen from across the street.”
Authorities received multiple calls about an assault with a deadly weapon. When law enforcement arrived on the scene around 11:20 p.m., they observed the suspect walking in the street holding a pair of swords.
Bodycam footage from the incident captured police telling the suspect to “put that sword down.” Officers repeatedly instructed the suspect to drop his weapons.
When the suspect refused to cooperate with the verbal commands, authorities used a Taser to restrain him and take the weapons.
At the same time, additional officers at the scene canvassed the area looking for the victim. When they found the woman, she was covered in blood. According to police, the victim suffered multiple lacerations to her arm.
While authorities rendered aid at the scene, the woman said that her daughter was still inside the house because she had instructed her to hide from the suspect. The victim stated that she believed her daughter was safe and had not been attacked by the suspect.
The victim was transported to a hospital, and a family member reported that the victim was in stable condition.
Eric Herrera was taken into custody, and his bail was set to $100,000, the LAPD reported on Thursday.
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