Man charged with random attack on woman in Burbank

BURBANK (CNS) - An ex-con was charged today with attempted murder for an apparently random attack on a 63-year-old woman found critically injured in a Burbank alley.

The charge against Hector Manuel Ulloa, 51, of San Bernardino, includes allegations that he used a glass bottle as a deadly and dangerous weapon, caused great bodily injury and has six prior convictions dating back to 1992. He could face up to 43 years to life in state prison if convicted, prosecutors said.

The victim, whose name was withheld, was targeted while walking Monday near the 1400 block of North San Fernando Boulevard. Police responding to a report of a possible fight found the woman -- who was suffering from head trauma -- in an alley behind an office building, according to Burbank police
Sgt. Derek Green.

"Several bystanders directed officers to a male suspect who was seen fleeing the area," the sergeant said.

Within minutes, officers took Ulloa into custody in the area of Amherst Drive and Broadway, Green said.

"Police interviewed witnesses who reported seeing Ulloa attacking the woman in the alley," he said. "Witnesses said they heard screams for help and saw Ulloa kicking and punching the victim numerous times. It appears as though Ulloa targeted the victim by hiding and waiting for her as she walked

The woman was taken to a trauma center, where she was admitted into the intensive car unit in critical condition, according to the sergeant, who said she has since showed signs of improvement.

"Although Burbank police detectives are still investigating a possible motive for this attack, the act appears to be completely random, as there is no known association between ... Ulloa and the victim," Green said earlier this week.

Ulloa -- who remains jailed -- is set to be arraigned July 18 at the Burbank courthouse.