A Punjabi and Bollywood actor is recovering from multiple stab wounds today after a man wielding a hatchet and knife attacked him outside a gymnasium about an hour southeast of Los Angeles.
Aman Dhaliwal was assaulted around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of a Planet Fitness by a man identified by Corona police as Ronald Chand, 30, of Santa Ana. The pair ended up inside the gymnasium, where Dhaliwal was held at knifepoint – also verbally threatening others in the room – before the victim fought back, overpowered and detained the attacker with the help of passers-by. Watch the video shot inside the gymnasium below.
Dhaliwal, who lives near Riverside, suffered multiple stab wounds to his upper body, police said. He was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment for the non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.
Chand suffered minor injuries while restrained and was also hospitalized for treatment. After being released, he was sent to the Robert Presley Detention Center and convicted of attempted murder. Bail was set at $1 million.
A model turned actor, Dhaliwal has appeared in Punjabi and Hindi films including Ik Kudi Punjab Di And Ajj De Ranjhe and local TV shows such as Ishq Ka Rang Safed, Porous And Vignaharta Ganesh. He has also played roles in Bollywood fare including Jodhaa Akbar And Big brother.
Here is a video of the incident broadcast on ABC7: