The Santa Monica Police on Thursday named a suspect in the August stabbing of a 19-year-old near Hooters restaurant in downtown Santa Monica.
DNA evidence recovered from the scene allegedly tied a 39-year-old illegal immigrant to the attack, which was unprovoked, according to the police. The victim survived.
The police said they expect Francisco Leon-Urbalexo of Sonora, Mexico, will be arraigned on three felony charges—including attempted murder—after he completes a 10-month sentence in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States.
"The suspect was identified and is currently in custody on other charges and will be extradited after he completes his current sentence," said public information officer Richard Lewis.
A case filed Thursday with the Los Angeles County District Attorney also includes charges of hate crime and assault with a deadly weapon.
The victim, who was black, was stabbed multiple times around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 as he walked with his girlfriend from Hooters toward the bus stop at Fourth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard.
After the attack, Leon-Urbalexo fled to Arizona, according to Lewis.
He was arrested in Gila Bend, AZ, on Aug. 15 and pleaded guilty in September to illegally re-entering the United States, according to court records.