PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY ‚Äî Twin brothers on Monday were being held on $1 million bail each for allegedly trying to kill a man with a knife as he walked with friends on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Santa Monica police said Los Angeles residents Anthony and Conrad Sowash, both 28, were arrested in the early morning hours of July 4 near the 3000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard after officers were flagged down by several witnesses who said that there was a fight and that one man had been stabbed.
Officers found the alleged victim sitting on a curb near Busby‚Äôs West sports bar using his shirt to apply pressure to stab wounds on his neck. Officers called paramedics and interviewed the man, who told them that he was walking with a group of friends toward the bar when he passed two men and two women standing next to a silver vehicle. One of the women asked for a cigarette, which he provided.
At that point one of the brothers asked the group where they were from. One person said they lived in a city in the San Fernando Valley. That‚Äôs when one of the brothers allegedly punched the victim in the face while the other pulled out a knife that measured 4 to 6 inches in length, police said. He challenged the group while the other brother punched another person in the face.
All the victims took off running. The brothers chased the first victim across Santa Monica Boulevard, at which time Anthony Sowash slashed the man‚Äôs neck, police said. The victim turned toward Anthony Sowash to defend himself, at which time he suffered a second slash to his neck.
The suspects then fled the scene as the two female suspects tried to drive off in their car. A witness blocked the vehicle and told them to wait for police. The two women, identified by police as Cynthia Gallardo, 20, of Los Angeles, and Jazmine Fattouh, 22, of Culver City, allegedly attacked the man with a chain.
Both women were detained by officers.
The brothers were located a short time later in a nearby alley. One had blood on his hand, police said.
The victim was transported to a local trauma center in serious but stable condition and was expected to fully recover.
The Sowash brothers were booked for attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a crime. They were expected to be arraigned Monday, but information was not available by presstime.
Gallardo and Fattouh were booked for assault and battery and their bail was set at $20,000 each. Both were released on their own recognizance Monday and are due back in court July 19, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff‚Äôs Department.