STUDIO CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A suspect was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly attacking a man in Studio City and leaving him seriously injured in a confrontation.
Cecilia Guile, the victim’s wife, said Wednesday that two homeless men had set up a shelter in the embankment just below their home in the hills of Studio City. On Friday, Guile’s husband tried to get them to move out.
She said he offered to help them get help from the city, but it angered a man and Guile’s husband was attacked.
“I’m saddened, I’m outraged, I think it’s gotten out of hand,” Guile said. “To have it on your own property and not be able to feel safe.”
Guile said the man “just tried to ram a huge metal pole into his back”.
Ring camera security footage captured one of the men sneaking into the backyard after allegedly assaulting the landlord.
Guile’s husband suffered several serious injuries but is expected to recover.
“He had a fractured shoulder blade, then three broken back ribs and a collapsed lung,” Guile said, describing her husband’s injuries.
Guile gave handouts to neighbors to try and find the man who attacked her husband.
“It’s attempted murder. The severity of my husband’s injuries,” she said. “They just shouldn’t be out, I mean one of them is violent so I would like to see them charged criminally.”
Los Angeles police said on Tuesday an arrest had been made after a cyclist saw a flyer along the LA River in an area just north of where the attack happened. According to police, the cyclist spotted the suspect camped along the river and called the police.
The suspect, Joshua Anthony Torres, 37, was arrested without incident, the LAPD said.
“Torres has multiple felony convictions, is on parole for burglary and has an active warrant without bail for a parole violation,” the LAPD said in a news release.
Prior to the arrest, neighbors in the area where the crime occurred said they wanted the police to do more.
“I just want to feel safe, have my rights respected, be able to go home and feel safe,” Guile said.
Since the incident last week, property owners in the area said they had recently put up signs in the area so anyone who trespasses can be arrested.
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