(photo by Santa Monica Police Department)

WILSHIRE BLVD — A Los Angeles man was being held Sunday on $1 million bail and is facing charges of attempted murder after he was arrested Friday for allegedly stabbing an employee at the Wilshire West Car Wash.

Santa Monica police said Peter Duran, 29, who previously worked at the car wash located on the 2300 block of Wilshire Boulevard, was talking with the victim, whom he knew, around 10:20 a.m. Friday when he suddenly pulled out a small red knife and stabbed the employee in the lower back.

Duran fled the scene and was quickly apprehended by officers near the corner of 22nd Street and Wilshire Boulevard, about a block away from the car wash. The knife was recovered. Police said several employees of the car wash chased after the suspect and held him until police arrived.

The victim, a manager at the car wash, was transported to a local hospital for treatment and later released.

Police said Duran worked at the car wash 11 years ago. A motive for the attack is not known at this time.

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