Police are trying to find a 41-year-old man in reference to a violent stabbing in Claremont who’s a repeat offender and needs to be thought-about armed and harmful.
Officers with the Claremont Police Division responded to 200 West First Avenue, a Metrolink Station, at round 4 p.m. Sunday on experiences of the stabbing, in accordance with a CPD information launch.
The suspect, now recognized as Phillip Borunda, had already fled the scene when police arrived.
Authorities positioned the sufferer within the grassy space close to the Claremont Museum of Artwork and realized that he had been stabbed within the ribcage after an alleged argument with the Borunda. Paramedics with the Los Angeles County Hearth Division took the sufferer, who was affected by presumably life-threatening accidents to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Heart.
“All l noticed was cop automobiles, the ambulance,” Amal Najir, who works on the close by Jax Bicycle Heart mentioned.
Claremont resident Melissa Larose, who owns the Technique Lagree, a health studio, instructed KTLA’s Shelby Nelson that she has seen the 41-year-old suspect earlier than.
“It’s a block from the place my studio is and we have now younger women who’re opening the studio and shutting it after and earlier than hours, so it’s actually scary, feels unsafe,” she mentioned.
Larose’s good friend, Tina Rodriguez, she’s not stunned by the incident.
“If this could have occurred a couple of years in the past, it could have been fully stunning,” she mentioned. “However I believe that we’ve simply each seen town go in a route that we’re not proud of.”
Based on police, Borunda is thought to frequent Claremont and Pomona and that he has a prolonged prison historical past. Since 2019, police say he’s been arrested some 14 instances for crimes together with housebreaking, arson, possession of stolen property and drug offenses. The 41-year-old can also be out of custody whereas ready to be arraigned for an arson case this previous summer time.
The Claremont Police Officer’s Affiliation has criticized Los Angeles County District Lawyer George Gascón, saying partly:
“Sadly, District Lawyer George Gascón’s insurance policies have typically resulted in [Borunda’s] launch with out going through prices or penalties, posing a major menace to our group.”
For its half, the DA’s workplace disputes that narrative, saying that on this case their bail coverage has no influence on Borunda’s launch as a result of he was cited and launched by regulation enforcement earlier than the L.A. County court docket system’s zero bail coverage went into impact.
“The defendant was arrested by the Claremont Police Division (CPD) on July 13th for a misdemeanor arson offense,” the DA’s workplace mentioned in an announcement to KTLA. “CPD launched him and gave him a quotation to look on 9/12 for arraignment. The defendant failed to look, and the court docket issued a $15,000 warrant. The [L.A. DA’s] bail coverage had no influence on his launch.”
Whereas police instructed KTLA that the stabbing seems to be an remoted incident and that the sufferer continues to be hospitalized in steady situation, some residents mentioned they need to see change.
“We have to get again to a law-and-order society,” Claremont resident Dan Hartman mentioned.