Olympic champion Kim Glass spoke in detail about the attack with a metal pipe in Los Angeles

Former Olympian Kim Glass took to social media to detail the unprovoked attack that she said left her covered in blood and bruises in downtown Los Angeles.

The former American volleyball player and model said in a video posted on Instagram that on Saturday she was attacked by a man she called homeless with a metal pipe as she was leaving lunch with a friend.

Police were called to Olive and 8th Street around 2:30 p.m. after reports that a woman had been assaulted by a man with an unknown object, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

When police officers arrived at the scene, they saw several citizens holding the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident, police said.

According to the police, the attacker was identified as 50-year-old Semyon Tesfamaryan, he is currently in custody. The police cannot confirm if Tesfamarian was homeless.

Glass said the man ran up to her and threw a metal object that hit her in the face.

“He just looked at me with rather hateful eyes. Before I knew it, I was hit by a large metal bolt pipe. It happened so fast that he literally threw him off the street, so he didn’t even come close to me, ”Glass said in video posted on Instagram. “I was not ready for this, and now there are a lot of mentally ill people on these streets.”

glass who won a silver medal with the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, shared her appreciation for the strangers who rushed to her aid after she was injured. According to her, unidentified persons pinned the suspect to the ground before police arrived. She also expressed her gratitude to her friends and family, adding that they showered her with love and support.

Glass said she received stitches and suffered multiple fractures in her right eye. According to an update posted by Glass on social media, she won’t need any surgery and her vision will remain intact.

However, Glass, who was on the MTV reality show “Challenge: Champions vs. Stars”, notes that her injuries could have been much worse.

“As much as it frightens us and reminds us of the madness in the world or what we think is bad, this day also reminded me of all the beauty in the world – my friends/family who supported me and total strangers. who came and did not depart from me. This is how the people are and this is how the community should operate,” Glass wrote.