Firefighter Stabbed Outside Cecil Hotel
Central Division's mobile substation is parked outside the Cecil Hotel as police search for the suspect who stabbed a firefighter.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — A fire department paramedic responding to a call at the Cecil Hotel was stabbed this morning, leading police to seal off the area around 7th and Main and enter the hotel in search of the suspect.
The LAFD officer, identified as Charles Anthony MacDougall, a 9 year veteran working out of Fire Station 9, was passing the Cecil Hotel just before 11am when he was flagged down by someone asking for medical help. While assisting that individual, the officer was stabbed three or four times by another individual. The suspect fled into the Cecil Hotel at 640 S. Main.
MacDougall was transported to County USC and is reported to be in stable condition.
Police officers sealed off the hotel, and emerged with an individual in handcuffs shortly before 1pm. That individual was not under arrest, but just in custody, they said. Police finished up their floor-by-floor search without finding the suspect, but remained on scene into the evening.
Guests in the Cecil's boutique Stay Hotel were allowed to start checking in mid-afternoon, some after they had spent hours wandering Downtown with their luggage.
Main street was closed between 6th and 7th for much of the day, reopening at approximately 4:30pm.