Lone hitchhiker stabs driver, 36, in robbery try

March 29, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

A Pasadena man was stabbed several times yesterday by a hitchhiker who tried to rob him, county police said.

Nelson Richard Cramer, 36, of the Aspen Park neighborhood was treated at Harbor Hospital Center.

He told police he was driving south on Ritchie Highway between 11th Avenue and Church Street shortly after midnight when he picked up the hitchhiker.

The man demanded money from Mr. Cramer, and the two began to struggle, police said.

The man pulled out a knife and stabbed Mr. Cramer several times in his right arm and side before Mr. Cramer could force him out of his car, police said.

Mr. Cramer drove to Ritchie Highway and Route 710, parked and walked to a gas station to call police.

Officers did not have a detailed description of the man.

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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