Kim Glass, retired Olympic volleyball player, injured in attack

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LOS ANGELES — Kim Glass, a retired Olympic volleyball player, was attacked Friday in downtown Los Angeles when a man threw a metal object at her face in an assault that fractured multiple bones in her face and left one of her eyes swollen shut, the athlete said in videos posted to social media.

Glass, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist, had been leaving a lunch on Friday afternoon when she saw a man run up with something in his hand. He was on the other side of a car, in the street, when he threw the object — what Glass believes might have been a metal pipe or bolt — at her face.

“He just like looked at me with some pretty hateful eyes,” she said in videos posted to Instagram. “It happened so fast, he literally flung it from the street, he was not even close to me at all.”

Bystanders restrained the man — identified by police as Semeon Tesfamariam, 51 — until officers arrived to take him into custody.

Tesfamariam was booked on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon, according to Officer Drake Madison, a Los Angeles police spokesperson. He is being held without bail. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf or when he is scheduled to appear in court.

Glass, a Los Angeles native, posted videos showing her injuries to her eye, nose and cheek. She said she believes her vision will be OK and thanked a doctor for stitches near her eyebrow.

“Just be safe out there,” she said in the videos. “You shouldn’t have to be fearful when you walk.”

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Volleyball star Jordyn Poulter’s Olympic gold medal found

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — American Jordyn Poulter‘s stolen Tokyo Olympic gold medal has been found in Southern California, authorities said Wednesday.

Poulter, the Best Setter of the Tokyo Games, reported the medal stolen May 25 after she discovered her car broken into at a parking garage in Anaheim, police said.

Detectives later arrested a suspect in the theft, but weren’t immediately able to locate the missing medal.

On Monday, the owners of an Anaheim barbershop reported finding the gold medal inside a plastic bag discarded outside their business, police said in a statement. They handed it over to police, who plan on returning it to Poulter.

The 31-year-old suspect is charged with residential burglary, vehicle burglary, identity theft and possession of narcotics, officials said earlier this month.

The suspect, an Anaheim resident, has a “lengthy criminal history,” a police statement said.

Poulter, now 24, was the youngest player on the U.S. team that earned the program’s first Olympic title.

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Volleyball star Jordyn Poulter’s Olympic gold medal stolen

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U.S. volleyball player Jordyn Poulter‘s gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics was stolen from her car on Wednesday.

Police detectives are looking for leads after the medal was stolen from her open garage in Anaheim, California, according to reports.

“I realized that my middle console was open and my bag was gone,” Poulter said, according to NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate, adding that her passport was also missing.

“It’s such an unfortunate bummer,” Poulter said at a news conference Friday, according to the Orange County Register. “My initial thought is to never think the worst and things like this don’t happen, but they do happen and it’s unfortunate. You learn really quickly when you lose something this special, this priceless.

“I don’t think it has as much sentimental value to you as it does to me, my friends, family, teammates and this program. If you have it, please return it, no questions asked.”

Poulter, 24, was named Best Setter of the Tokyo Games, where the U.S. women earned the program’s first Olympic title. She was the youngest player on the team.

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