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Thursday, 24 April 2014 07:13

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Two men are in custody for allegedly stabbing two nurses in separate attacks at medical facilities in Sylmar and Torrance authorities said.

The first attack occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center at 14445 Olive View Drive in Sylmar shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, April 20 said sheriff's Lt. Denise Stephenson.

A man -- later identified as 26-year-old Romero Carnailla -- bypassed the weapons screening area at the hospital's entrance, ran from security guards, and disappeared into the facility, Stephenson said.

As authorities searched the hospital, they heard a woman scream and then found a female nurse with stab wounds to her upper and lower torso, Stephenson said.

Authorities arrested Carnailla, who was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was held on $55,000 bail, and he was treated at a hospital for an unspecified reason. A knife was recovered. No information was available on a court date.

The victim was hospitalized in critical condition. Her name was not released.

The second attack occurred at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the 1000 block of West Carson Street in Torrance about 9:20 a.m. Sunday, said sheriff's Lt. Rich Burgoyne.

A nurse suffered injuries that were not life-threatening when a man stabbed her in the ear with what was believed to have been a pencil, Burgoyne said.

The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Santee resident Thomas Robert Fredette, entered the hospital after clearing a weapons screening area, Burgoyne said.

Fredette came across a group of nurses, grabbed one of them from behind and stabbed her in the ear with a sharp object, Burgoyne said. The nurse was able to free herself, and she helped deputies locate the suspect, who was taken into custody at the scene, Burgoyne said. A pencil, believed to be have been the weapon, was recovered as evidence, Burgoyne said.

Fredette was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and was held on $130,000 bail.

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