Man accused of stabbing Los Angeles sheriff’s detective

A man was apprehended Monday after he walked up to a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sleuth outside a fast food eatery, asked him if he was a law enforcement officer and then stabbed him in the chest, researchers said.

The detective was walking out of a Jack in the Box restaurant in the city of Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles around 10 a.m. when he was approached by a man who asked him if he was a sheriff’s deputy, said Capt. Darren Harris, a sheriff’s department spokesman. When the detective said yes, the man immediately stabbed him in the chest with a large kitchen knife and then ran off, he said.

The 26 -year veteran detective, who analyse sex crime, was able to make his route back to his car and called for help, Harris said. The knife was procured near the scene, authorities said.

After a two-hour manhunt, deputies saw Donald Chinchilla, 21, hiding in the backyard of a home a few blocks from the restaurant.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted slaying, Harris said. A telephone number for Chinchilla could not immediately be located in public records.

The detective, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital in good condition and is expected to survive, authorities said.

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