Police Looking For Suspect in West Hollywood Attack

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - Police today were trying to determine if a man arrested by deputies in West Hollywood is the same suspect being sought for an unprovoked attack a few hours earlier in Hollywood that left a senior citizen with serious injuries.

The victim, whose name and exact age were withheld, was attacked about 8 a.m. Oct. 20 in the 800 block of North La Brea Avenue, about a block north of Melrose Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police had released security video of the attack and sought public help to identify the suspect.

``The suspect approached the elderly victim from behind and struck him in the face with a backpack without any provocation,'' according to an LAPD statement. ``The victim fell onto the ground from the impact, sustaining serious injuries.''

The video shows the suspect appearing to menace the victim with a backpack as the two passed one another on the sidewalk. The suspect then turned, followed and, with both hands on the backpack, hit the unsuspecting victim with it, causing him to collapse. The suspect then continued walking in the direction he was originally going.

He's described as white or possibly Asian, in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 to 170 pounds. He had a moustache and goatee, was wearing a dark beanie, gray sweatshirt and dark pants.

According to Fox11, a videographer who saw the security video that was broadcast Wednesday night of the violent attack came forward with video that he took of a man being arrested by deputies in West Hollywood for an unspecified crime that occurred a few hours after the Hollywood crime.

The West Hollywood suspect bears a resemblance to the man wanted in the crime in Hollywood. Police were working to determine if that suspect is the same man who attacked the elderly victim, said LAPD Officer Drake Madison of the media relations office.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call (213) 922-8231 to speak with Wilshire Area detectives Mayer or Nunez. After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.


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