On December 29, 2019, Culver City Police Officers were flagged down outside of Five Guys Restaurant at the Culver City Mall, located at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd, regarding a stabbing that had just occurred. Officers made contact with the victim who sustained a stab wound to his right hand. According to witnesses, the suspect left the scene prior to the officers’ being flagged down. The case was forwarded to the Culver City Police Detective Bureau who began their investigation.
On January 2, 2020, Culver City Police Officers responded to Kaiser Hospital regarding a stabbing which occurred earlier in the day at JCPenney within the Culver City Mall. Officers met with the victim who indicated he was stabbed in the right arm by an unknown male suspect while entering the JCPenney store.
Surveillance footage recovered from the JCPenney incident, revealed the same suspect who had committed the assault days prior at Five Guys had also committed the assault at JCPenney.
Through their investigation, Culver City Police Detectives identified the suspect as Joshua Ebow, a Los Angeles resident. On January 3, 2020, Culver City Police Detectives arrested Ebow in the city of El Segundo.
Ebow was booked for two counts of PC 245(a)(1), assault with a deadly weapon. Ebow provided Culver City Police Detectives with a full confession to both stabbings. Formal charges were filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.