A thief attacked a security guard with a metal pipe during a botched burglary attempt at a Los Angeles shopping mall early Tuesday.
The attack occurred at around 12:30 a.m. outside the Eagle Rock Plaza Macy's in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department said.
The assailant struck the guard on the knee when he caught him leaving the store after the alarm went off. The victim received treatment but did not need to be taken to the hospital.
It is unclear if the thief made off with any merchandise, and whether there were any other accomplices involved. A search went on for several hours, but it was unsuccessful despite police dogs and a helicopter being called in. The manhunt was called off just before 3:30 a.m.
The subject is wanted for burglary and assault.