Gay men around Los Angeles County may have been the targets of an individual on a hate crime spree. Authorities now believe there may be additional victims. Joshua Immanuel Ebow, 30, of Los Angeles, is being held on new hate crime charges Thursday after detectives determined he targeted men he perceived to be gay, prosecutors say.
Ebow was initially charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon involving alleged attacks against two men in the Westfield Culver City mall on Dec. 29 and Jan. 3.
Other similar attacks occurred in Inglewood and Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office added two felony counts of battery and one felony count of exhibiting a deadly weapon, along with a misdemeanor charge of exhibiting a deadly weapon.
The charges include allegations that Ebow committed a hate crime
Ebow allegedly attacked a man and brandished a knife at an Inglewood pizzeria on Christmas Day, and allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed a man at a fast-food restaurant in Culver City on Dec. 29. He is also charged with using a knife to assault a man in West Los Angeles on Jan. 1, and stabbing another man at a store in Culver City on Jan. 3, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Ebow has remained jailed since his arrest Jan. 3 in El Segundo.
According to the CCPD, the suspect “provided Culver City police detectives with a full confession to both stabbings.”
Ebow is set to be arraigned Monday, Feb 3, 2020.