A man was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by police investigating a deadly hammer attack at a construction site in east Hollywood.
A heated argument between two construction workers turned physical when one of the men began beating the other in the head with a hammer, according to officers with Los Angeles Police Department.
It happened during a renovation project at an apartment building in the 4200 block of Burns Avenue.
After the attack, the injured man stumbled out of the building and collapsed in the street, witnesses told police.
His face was destroyed by the hammer blows, witnesses said.
“His injuries are really bad,” LAPD Lt. Joe Losorelli said. “He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
The deadly attack may have been triggered by a recent car accident near the construction site, according to a woman who lives nearby.
Romana Alvarez told KTLA that the suspect had borrowed the victim’s car two days ago and while he was driving it he hit her car, which was parked in front of the apartment building.
The two men told her they would pay to fix her car, Alvarez said. But they never showed up at her home on Thursday as promised.
A man described as a “person of interest” in the killing was taken into custody a few miles away, police said.
Police had not released the name of the victim or the suspect.
It was possible that the violent attack was captured by a surveillance camera installed at the construction site, police said.