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Kim Glass, an Olympic volleyball silver medalist, said over the weekend she was attacked by a homeless man in Los Angeles while she was saying goodbye to a friend.
Glass posted a video on her social media showing her eye bruised and a large gash over the left side of her nose. She said the man had hit her with some kind of metal object.
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“As I was leaving lunch, I was outside saying goodbye to a friend and this homeless man ran up. He had something in his hand, he was on the side of the car in the street, and he just like looked at me with some pretty hateful eyes and as I go to tell my friend I think something is wrong with him, before I knew it a big metal bolt like pipe hit me. It happened so fast, he literally flung it from the street,” she said.
Glass wrote in an update Sunday she will not need any surgeries and her optometrist said her retina was “solid.”
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Glass won a silver medal with the U.S. women’s volleyball team in 2008. She helped the team to gold medals at the 2011 Grand Prix and NORCECA Championship.
The alleged attacker was identified as Semeon Tesfamariam. He was restrained by bystanders until police took him into custody. He was booked on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon, LAPD spokesperson Officer Drake Madison said.
Tesfamariam, 51, was being held without bail.
The Los Angeles homeless crisis has been a point of contention within the city. Los Angeles’ top prosecutor George Gascon is facing a recall effort. Wednesday marked the deadline for the group to turn in the collected signatures in order to have them counted and verified. The group must have collected signatures from 10% of registered voters across the county in order to trigger a recall election in November.
The recall group and Gascon’s opponents have seized on the effort to paint him as soft on crime amid a crime wave and a series of missteps by his office in recent months.
In his defense, Gascon has characterized the effort as a political power grab that is attempting to “circumvent the democratic process.”
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Since this time last year, violent crime in Los Angeles has increased by 8%, while total arrests decreased by nearly 12%, according to the city’s police department.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Jon Michael Raasch contributed to this report.