UPDATE: Man Stabbed at Laurelwood Cleaners is Stable, Arrested Woman is Identified

A homeless woman is arrested, Senior Lead Officer Mike Lewis offers more details.

A 72-year-old customer of was allegedly stabbed by a homeless woman Monday afternoon in Studio City, and Los Angeles Police Senior Lead Officer Mike Lewis said they have arrested a 52-year-old woman, Andrea Gandy, on charges of attempted murder. Gandy is 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds.

The victim, Len Kalcheim, 72, was a longtime customer of the cleaners that has been at the Ventura Boulevard location for more than 30 years. He underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is said to be in stable condition after surgery.

The owner of the cleaners, Jim Ebiahaimian, was still confined by police in the store a few hours after the incident that occurred at about 12:25 in the afternoon in the mini-mall area where andis located. He talked to Studio City Patch and told as much of the story as he knows.

"I was in the back talking to my tailor and I could see my longtime customer walking from his car and this black woman looked like she was hitting him," Ebiahaimian said. "He came up to me and there was blood all over his shirt, he was full of blood and asking for help. I called the ambulance. He was leaking blood all over."

North Hollywood Police Division Capt. Justin Eisenberg of the Los Angeles Police Department said, "This attack seems to be completely random" and he said the woman was apprehended only a few blocks from the scene just after the incident. He described the unidentified woman as a transient who had a knife.

Officer Lewis said, the woman "walked up to the victim and began yelling at him, she then began stabbing him. The victim was stabbed two times, once in the arm and  back. The suspect then walked away. A number of citizen's observed the incident and called the police. One witness followed the suspect and directed us to her location. She was then arrested on Valleyheart and Guerin."

Ebiahaimian said he has never seen the homeless woman in the area before, and Lewis said, "It's safe to say that she has mental problems and she has been hospitalized before including Patton State Hospital. After she was arrested she was booked for attempted murder."

Ebiahaimian said, "I am very worried about the man, he was a good customer. I hope he is OK. I felt like I wasn't able to do anything for him."

Still confined to the store in the shopping center whereis as the sun was setting, the owner said, "I have never seen anything like this before in this area. They are now sending someone over to wash up all the blood. I still cannot go out."

Joanna December 07, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Bill Smith, being mentally ill and homeless isn't a crime. Petition you local representatives to encourage our society to provide care mental illness. Of course stabbing someone is a crime, but if we had better systems in place to proivde a long term solution to menal illness the stabbing wouldn't have occured. Sad.
Leah December 07, 2011 at 08:31 PM
As you might remember, our Governor has set an early release program so there are more convicts (supposedly "low-level") being sent into our streets as well. It is sad in the United States of America that we don't take care of our own people first. It seems like it is more important to our Government that "we" help in other countries before they help us Americans.
David Nichols December 07, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Does anyone know if the man who was found in the fountain outside Jamba Juice was ever identified? --David
Mike Szymanski December 07, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Police know who it is, he lived in the area for a few years as a homeless man, then moved to Santa Barbara, then came down here again... they can't officially release his name yet, they're trying to find next of kin...may be tough... we hope to have a cause of death later this week. Stay tuned! (BTW, if you want to sign up for instant info as it breaks from Patch, and our Newsletters, click on that in the GOODIES section below)...
Laura Coker December 08, 2011 at 03:44 PM
6'4"? That's a lot of crazy.


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