A 19-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in a random attack near a bus stop in downtown Santa Monica Aug. 13, police said.

Police are continuing to search for the suspect in the stabbing, which occurred at 6:18 p.m. near Fourth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.

The victim and his girlfriend had left an area restaurant and were walking by a bus stop when the suspect in front of them suddenly turned around and attacked the man, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said.

The man, who did not know the suspect nor have any type of altercation with him, received several stab wounds, Lewis said. No other injuries were reported.

The suspect fled the scene southbound on Fourth Street and was believed to have possibly entered the Michaels crafts store. Police searched the store but did not locate the suspect, Lewis said.

The victim was treated at a local hospital for his injuries and later released, Lewis said.

A number of people witnessed the apparent random attack.

“It was daylight hours at a crowded intersection and there were many people at the bus stop,” Lewis said.

The potential motive is under investigation. No weapon was recovered at the scene.

The suspect is described as a man of possible mixed race, 35 to 45 years old, 5-foot-9, weighing 185 pounds with black hair, Lewis said.

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