Santa Monica police circulated a security image of a man being sought in a home-invasion robbery early Friday that left a woman with stab wounds. The crime occurred about 3:30 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 1700 block of 5th Street.
"Upon arrival, officers located a female resident in a unit suffering from significant injuries," a police statement said. "Santa Monica Fire Department Paramedics responded and treated the victim at the scene. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and lacerations caused by the attack."
The victim was hospitalized in stable condition.
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"A preliminary investigation revealed the male suspect forced his way into the victim's apartment while she was asleep," police said. "The suspect grabbed a knife from the kitchen and demanded money and property."
The pair struggled, and the suspect fled after the victim was able to fight him off. The robber suffered a graze during the confrontation, which police say will help them identify the man.
He was described as black, 25-30 years of age, and he wore a red beanie and dark-colored camouflage sweatpants. He is believed to have suffered a "significant" cut to his hand. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (310) 458-8491.