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2 Teens Stabbed at South Bay Galleria

The Redondo Beach and Torrance police departments are searching all vehicles leaving the mall in North Redondo Beach.

Update: The stabbing was unprovoked, police say. Both teens are in stable condition.

Original story:

Two teens were stabbed outside a movie theater at the South Bay Galleria on Saturday night, prompting police to block off the entrances and exits to the mall in search of a suspect, according to Redondo Beach police Sgt. Shawn Freeman.

According to Freeman, witnesses reported seeing a boy and a girl suddenly collapse just outside the AMC ticket lobby shortly after 7:20 p.m. Upon further investigation, it was found that the two minors had been stabbed.

Paramedics were called to the mall, and the two victims were transported to the hospital. Freeman said that the boy and girl are currently in surgery. Their conditions were not known as of 11:45 p.m. 

There were no witnesses to the actual stabbing, and bystanders only saw the two victims fall to the ground, Freeman said. The person suspected of stabbing the pair was described simply as a "black male."

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Following the stabbing, officers from the Redondo Beach, Torrance, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach police departments searched the trunks and interiors of vehicles as they pulled out of the mall's parking structure, according to Redondo Beach police Sgt. Mike Martinez.

Officers were looking for the suspect or possible signs of a struggle, he said.

While police did establish a perimeter, the mall was never evacuated or placed on lockdown, Freeman said.

"What we did is contain the mall," said Freeman. "We were hoping to find evidence or some witnesses."

Police said they will also review security camera footage from the movie theater, mall and nearby stores to see if they can identify a suspect or discover further information about the incident.

Anyone with information on the stabbings is being asked to contact the Redondo Beach Police Department's tip line at 310-937-6685. People can also text their information to 310-339-2362 or email crimetips@redondo.org.

Steve Sammarco December 30, 2012 at 07:18 AM
We must make a public safety a priority again in Redondo Beach. Whether its protecting the elderly or a child from abuse or putting more police on the streets quality of life starts with safer neighborhoods........ Steve Sammarco, Redondo Beach, District 4
Nancy Burke Barr December 30, 2012 at 07:44 AM
These kinds of things have been happening at the Galleria for as long as I have lived in the South Bay (over 20 years). My 20-something daughter went shopping there tonight and we met her for dinner. I had a bad feeling about it, especially with so many people drinking at this time of year. I guess that I should have spoken up.
Debbra Salo December 30, 2012 at 08:19 AM
Get him.
Debbra Salo December 30, 2012 at 08:22 AM
Hope they checked buses leaving the back of the mall too.
john smith December 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Surprise, surprise, another crime committed since they closed the Hawthorne Mall. We need somewhere else for the animals to go to keep our kids safe!
John Deatherage December 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Where were the mall cops? Where were the RBPD? Where are the Camera Recordings? It seems like you would be better prepared on a Saturday Night? After all that has happened recently your security at he mall and our own RBPD walks around like there in some Daze and just going they the motions ... Police something DAM IT! Question the little things!!! My kids will not be returning to this mall to see a movie ever again I can tell you that...
Monika Moreno December 30, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Very sad to say this is not surprising. We've avoided this movie theater and Del Amo's on weekend eves for a long time now, as a decidedly non-locals crowd has infiltrated. Forget evening shopping too. Is there a remedy? Not RBPD's fault- they don't like it any more than we do.
America again December 30, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Better off watching netflix at home. I walked the mall the other day. I saw one mall cop on his segway. I told my wife I don't feel safe here and we left. On the way out two bums asked for change and when I refused one of them said "maybe we should just take it '. It's time to take America back. Rise up people.
Tim Sole December 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Isn't about time we stopped with the roving DUI patrols and start having our police departments do things that aren't politically correct. Bad guys understand that we now use our police departments as revenue generators and not as cops on the beat. We are reaping just exactly what we have sowed.
Kay Kapp December 30, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I've seen a bloody fight at Del Amo mall that scared the hell out of me. I'm so afraid to send my kids to that mall anymore.
Tony Hernandezz December 30, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Crazy but all in all it's safe there
AC December 30, 2012 at 05:35 PM
agree to Andrea's comment re: the madness and and a call to "STOP!!!!"
Kelly Sarkisian December 30, 2012 at 05:42 PM
So you blame the mall cops, the police but not the crazy who did this. Cops can't be everywhere! Good luck with trying to put a bubble around your kids!
Phoenix Summers December 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Dont send your kids back to this mall and all you stupid parents with stupid kids stop sending them to this mall they always f*ck up the movie and dont shut up. If you kid gets home wet i poured my soda on them for talking to much in the movie.
Jodi December 30, 2012 at 06:09 PM
It didn't sound like this was a random act of violence to me. I bet the victims knew the perpetrator. I go to this mall often, at night and on the weekends and I've never felt unsafe.
Robert Keane December 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
RBPD five years ago had 105 police officers. Today it is 84! Blame the city manager and council for letting this happen.
Kelly Sarkisian December 30, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Very true Robert. The city manager has ruined our public safety departments. I'm sure if the cops had the numbers they needed, they could be proactive and not just reactive. The city manager is a horrible person, the lack of safety in the city is ALL his fault. Less money in the Pier money pit, more INVESTED in public safety!
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) December 30, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Hi John, I believe police are examining the surveillance images from the mall. Mall security found the teens and the RBPD officers assigned to the area immediately responded.
KRISTLE December 30, 2012 at 07:53 PM
That mall has been getting progressively more ghetto over the years and malls attract riff raff. Though It doesn't seem like a random act, I know this would never happen in the palace Verdes movie theater. That's why I haven't gone to any of the South Bay movie theaters in years. Weather it was a random actor not this kind of riff raff is brought on in the ghetto areas.
KRISTLE December 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Palos Verdes*
KRISTLE December 30, 2012 at 07:55 PM
whether *
Diane Naletich December 30, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Most important is the motive behind this crime. I doubt that it was random, but it may have been. Let's hold off on pointing fingers until we know the facts that led to this horrific crime. No violence is ever justified, but I will feel more comfortable in allowing my son to continue to go there once I know if this was a random act or something of a personal nature.
johnny law December 31, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Redondo Police Budget Slashed. Department went from 110 cops to about 85. The RBPD had more cops in 1980! Overtime was Slashed. Mall pays RBPD cops 3/4 pay to work there on their days off. Cops earn 25% less than Redondo firefighters. Nordstroms leaving Redondo Beach for Torrance. There is only one thing left to do. Give the Redondo Beach City Manager a BIG raise.
Steve Sammarco December 31, 2012 at 02:57 AM
The City of Redondo Beach has not paid their portion or "cost share" in many many months forcing the Galleria Mall to cut police shifts
steven lerman December 31, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Gang bangers are the problem...crips,shmips....back to yur hood with ur homlies
Dr. Coronel December 31, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Amazing how the racist, hateful talks abound here...is this what we want to sow? How about problem-solving, tolerance, empathy, etc...And this person Phoenix pouring soda on kids? Wow! What's happening to our humanity?
hitnrun December 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Aka safer malls for our children
Dale Smith. January 01, 2013 at 02:00 AM
There's one more thing to do, Chase AES out of Redondo so the city will have even less tax revenue.
Christine gonzalez January 22, 2013 at 04:33 AM
That is one reason why I moved out of California, I have not seen any gangs here where I live.
Wolfman March 13, 2013 at 02:29 PM
how many of you remember all the crime at the Hawthorne Mall and it was right across the street from the police department

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