Santa Monica police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with the stabbing of a man near a bus stop earlier this month.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or dark-skinned white man in his mid 30s, 5-foot-8, weighing 180 pounds, unshaven and wearing a dark colored painter-type cap, dark T-shirt, dark shorts and dirty white shoes.

The incident occurred at about 6:20 p.m. Aug. 13 in the area of Fourth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.

A 19-year-old man told officers that he and his girlfriend had left a nearby restaurant and walked by a bus stop when the suspect, who had been walking in front of them, suddenly and without provocation allegedly attacked the victim, Sgt. Richard Lewis said. The victim attempted to flee across the street but he was stabbed multiple times upon falling to the ground, Lewis said.

The victim was released from a local hospital after receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries, Lewis said.

The suspect was seen fleeing southbound on Fourth Street towards Broadway and out of sight. Police said video surveillance shows the suspect running southbound through the Santa Monica Place mall, from the entrance at Third Street and Broadway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Chad Goodwin at (310) 458-8942, Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.

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