Suspected Bicycle Slasher Arrested

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A man accused of slashing at least nine people while riding a bicycle around Los Angeles County was arrested, authorities said.

Lenrey Briones, 19, who is homeless, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, the LAPD said. Authorities accuse him of being the bicycle slasher who has injured at least nine people in attacks in the South Los Angeles area.

Security video released Tuesday showed a bicyclist, three in the south Los Angeles area and one in South Gate.

Two of the crimes occurred on Monday, the first about 8:40 a.m. near Florence Avenue and Avalon Boulevard in the south Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

"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.

On March 20 about 7:30 a.m., a man was slashed in the face by a bicyclist near Avalon Boulevard and 59th Street in south Los Angeles.

And on March 27 about 11 a.m., a person was severely injured when slashed in the face in South Gate. The suspect was described as Hispanic, about 18 to 30 years old, 5- foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and weighing about 150 pounds, with short hair.

He was riding a mountain bike. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (323) 318-3610, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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