“A lot of our street robberies are opportunistic. They are street robberies, ladies walking with purses or young kids walking alone late night,” said Capt. Sharyn Buck of LAPD’s North Hollywood station. “It’s when you are out there and there are not a lot of people around.” Two masked and hooded men robbed and stabbed a retired police officer walking in a North Hollywood neighborhood early this morning, officials said. The 53-year-old retired officer was walking along the 4000 block of Arch Drive around 6:30 a.m. when two men with bandanas covering their face ran up to him from behind, police said. The officer turned toward the men, who demanded he hand over his wallet. When he refused, the men wrestled him to the ground and stabbed him once in the torso and again in the arm, officials said. The retired officer, whose name was not released, was taken to Holy Cross Medical Center and is in stable condition. Robberies in the North Hollywood area have risen nearly 20 percent over the past six months compared to the same time last year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!