A former Olympic volleyball player was attacked Friday in downtown Los Angeles when a man threw a metal object in his face in an attack that broke multiple bones in his face and left one of his eyes swollen, the athlete said in a video posted to social media. .
Kim Glass, a silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, had left lunch on Friday afternoon when she saw a man running with something in his hand. He was on the other side of the car, on the road, when he threw an object – what Glass believed might be a pipe or metal bolt – in his face.
“He looks like he’s looking at me with a hateful look,” he said in a video posted to Instagram. “It happened so fast, he literally threw it out of the way, he wasn’t even close to me at all.”
Bystanders detained the man – identified by police as Semeon Tesfamariam, 51 – until officers arrived to detain him.
Tesfamariam was charged with felony assault with a lethal weapon, according to officer Drake Madison, a spokesman for Los Angeles police. He is being held without bail. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf or when he was scheduled to appear in court.
Glass, a Los Angeles native, posted a video showing cuts to her eyes, nose and cheeks. He said he was sure his vision would be fine and thanked doctors for stitches near his brow.
“It’s safe out there,” he says in the video. “You don’t have to be afraid while walking.”
Former US Olympic volleyball player Kim Glass’s face cracked in LA attack | US Olympic Team
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