On October 10, 2022, at 11:30 am, a 22-year-old female victim was walking southbound on Lankershim Boulevard, near Hatteras Street. An unhoused male, later identified as 30-year-old Jonathan Cole, was walking in the opposite direction. As the two passed each other, Cole, without provocation, stabbed the victim in the head with a pair of scissors. The victim, with the scissors embedded into her head, fled to a local restaurant, where she asked for help and then collapsed on the floor.
Cole continued walking northbound where he encountered a male and female couple waiting at a bus stop. Cole asked them for a light, and when the female replied, “no,” Cole, again unprovoked, threw a full jar of pickles, striking the female in the shoulder. The male chased Cole to the front of a local supermarket where store security guards were able to detain him until LAPD officers arrived.
The victim of the stabbing was transported to a local hospital and is currently recovering in stable condition. The crime occurred in broad daylight in an area with a high volume of pedestrian traffic. Cole is not known to the victim, and the crime appeared random and completely unprovoked.
Jonathan Cole was arrested and booked for Attempted Murder, with a bail of $3,055,000. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, who filed one count of Attempted Murder and two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.