Man Arrested in Random Attack on 85-Year-Old Grandmother in Koreatown

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A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony battery Tuesday in the attack on an 85-year-old woman in Koreatown just days earlier, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Richard Rene Colomo has been booked on the battery charge and is being held on $105,000 bail, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said. He was arrested at1 p.m.

An image from a video provided by Los Angeles police on Feb. 12, 2018 shows a person of interest in the violent attack of a woman in Koreatown in Los Angeles.

An image from a video provided by Los Angeles police on Feb. 12, 2018 shows a person of interest in the violent attack of a woman in Koreatown in Los Angeles.

Colomo appears to be the man in a surveillance video released by police that shows a man running from the scene of the brutal attack, Lopez said.

That attack left Mi Reum Song, a grandmother, with a head injury and deep purple bruising around her eyes in the days following. A photo of her after the attack shows her head wrapped in bandages and an open wound between her badly bruised eyes.

On Saturday, Song was walking to the grocery store in an area near Olympic Boulevard and Vermont Avenue when a stranger walking toward her randomly struck her, her granddaughter told KTLA the following day.

Mi Reum Song is seen after her granddaughter says she was attacked in Koreatown on Feb. 11, 2018. (Credit: Yujin Ko)

Mi Reum Song is seen after her granddaughter says she was attacked in Koreatown on Feb. 11, 2018. (Credit: Yujin Ko)

After being hit by the man, Song fell to the ground, hitting her face against a sidewalk curb and knocking her unconscious as she lay bleeding in the street, police later said.

“The guy was walking towards her, and out of nowhere, he just hit her,” Song’s granddaughter, Yujin Ko, told KTLA a day after the attack.

“It just came out of nowhere,” Ko said. “There was no instigation, there was no communication before.”

Nothing was taken from Song and the motive behind the brutal, seemingly random attack remains unclear.

“No relation to her whatsoever,” Ko said. “She’d never seen him before. It just doesn’t make sense.”

Two days after the attack, on Monday, LAPD officials asked the public’s help in locating the attacker by releasing video of a a man seen running from the scene.

Information about his initial court appearance has not yet been released.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Colomo had been charged. In fact, he had only been arrested as of Feb. 13. The story also gave the incorrect time for his arrest. The post has been updated.