Manhunt on for suspect who stabbed Glendale officer

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GLENDALE -- The search is on for a suspect who stabbed a Glendale police officer as many as three times early Wednesday morning.

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The search is on for a suspect who stabbed a Glendale police officer at least three times early Wednesday morning.

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That officer is lucky to be alive.

It started when the officer was patrolling a park in the area of 75th Avenue and Camelback Road shortly after 1 a.m. He noticed a suspicious man in the man in the middle of the park and approached him.

As the officer got close, the man started punching him and then took off. The officer tried to chase the suspect, but lost his footing because the sprinklers were on, making the ground slick. That's when the officer realized he'd been stabbed several times.

"It looks like he got hit maybe up to three times," said Sgt. Jeff Turney of the Glendale Police Department. "It looks like at least one of them hit him in the chest, struck his vest. This could have gone a different route."

The officer was stabbed twice in the vest and a third time in the arm. He suffered a puncture wound to his bicep. He has been released from the hospital and is expected to be fine.

The suspect is a heavy-set Hispanic man wearing a black shirt and black shorts. He was last seen running south down 75th Avenue.

Police believe he might have ducked into a nearby convenience store and are hoping to get a picture of the man from surveillance video.