ELAC student stabbed on Montebello bus

Austin Zavala

By Gustavo Buenrostro

Austin Zavala, an East Los Angeles college student, was stabbed multiple times in the chest on April 9 while taking the Montebello 10 bus to ELAC.

The last update on Zavala is that he is still in critical condition.

The stabbing happened at 10:13 a.m. on Whittier Boulevard. The suspect has been arrested and identified as Manuel Ortiz by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives. Ortiz was arrested on Thursday at approximately 1 a.m. and was charged for attempted murder.

He was arrested at the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station and is being held without bail.

According to a press release from the L.A. County Sheriff’s department, they have not discovered a motive for the stabbing and have concluded that the attack was not gang-related.

The investigation is still ongoing.

The press release says, “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is crediting the media and public for their quick response in helping Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives make an arrest in the case involving a man who was brutally attacked while riding a bus.”

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in the press release, “It was a savage attack and one that caused us great concern. It was seemingly unprovoked, as the suspect walked toward the front of the bus, pulled a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times.”

Zavala’s family has set up a gofundme account to help assist the family with any expense caused by the incident.

The gofundme page is called Justice for Austin, for those interested in donating.

Zavala is attending ELAC and is pursuing a career in accounting.

According to the gofundme page, Zavala had a job interview. It reads “He had just recently applied for a city job and was scheduled to have his 1st interview on 4/11/18, but due to this incident, his dream has to be put on hold.”

The L.A. County Sheriff’s department release a video of the stabbing on Tuesday. It shows the suspect on the bus right before he attacked Zavala. The video cuts out before the attack.

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