After a fleeing stolen vehicle crashed into a homeless encampment in Harbor City, one of the three suspects was stabbed by a homeless person while the other two got away early Tuesday, Sept. 24, authorities said.

Just before 2:15 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies received a report of a stolen vehicle from an automated license-plate reader near Crenshaw Boulevard and Palos Verdes Drive North in Rancho Palos Verdes, sheriff’s Sgt. Jamie Yamasaki said.

The readers automatically run license-plate numbers through a database to see if the vehicles are wanted.

Deputies located the vehicle minutes later traveling north on Crenshaw Boulevard. It turned east on Pacific Coast Highway and deputies attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver did not comply, Yamasaki said.

Deputies were in pursuit for one minute but pulled back just west of Western Avenue because the driver was dangerously speeding and driving through red lights. 

A short time later, the vehicle crashed into a homeless encampment near Vermont Avenue and 253rd Street, authorities said.

The three suspects fled but one was confronted by a homeless person in the encampment and stabbed, said Officer Drake Madison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

The suspect was hospitalized, with his condition unknown.

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