Man Charged in ‘Heinous’ Attack on 85-Year-Old Woman in Koreatown: LAPD

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A 41-year-old man was charged after being arrested for the second time in connection with a violent, unprovoked attack on an 85-year-old woman in Koreatown, officials said Wednesday.

Richard Rene Colomo, 41, is seen in a photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department on Feb. 28, 2018.

Richard Rene Colomo, 41, is seen in a photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department on Feb. 28, 2018.

Richard Rene Colomo faces charges of elder abuse and infliction of injury, and could receive a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury to a person age 70 years or older, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

The Feb. 10 attack he is accused in left Mi Reum Song, a Koreatown grandmother, suffering from significant injuries to her head and face, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which described the incident as “heinous.”

A photo released by her family in the immediate aftermath showed the 85-year-old woman with extensive bruising and swelling around her eyes and nose, a cut to the forehead and her head in a bandage.

The victim had been walking to a grocery store near the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Vermont Avenue when she was brutally struck in the face until she fell to the ground, where she hit a sidewalk curb and was knocked unconscious. She was found bleeding in the street, police said.

Mi Reum Song, 85, is seen after she was attacked on her way to a grocery store in Koreatown on Feb. 11, 2018. (Credit: Yujin Ko)

Mi Reum Song, 85, is seen after she was attacked on her way to a grocery store in Koreatown on Feb. 11, 2018. (Credit: Yujin Ko)

Colomo was walking in the area when he encountered Song and assaulted her without provocation, according to prosecutors.

The Bell Gardens resident was initially arrested Feb. 13, a day after LAPD released surveillance video of a man running from the scene of the attack. But county prosecutors sent the case back to police for further investigation, according to Paul Eakins, a spokesman for the DA’s office, and Colomo was released without being charged on Feb. 15.

After prosecutors revisited the re-filed case on Feb. 22, a warrant was filed for Colomo’s arrest on Feb. 23.

Police located and arrested the 41-year-old on Tuesday, according to LAPD.

Colomo was expected to appear in court Thursday for his arraignment. Prosecutors planned to request his bail be set at $80,000.

If convicted as charged, he could face up to nine years in state prison.

LAPD detectives are continuing to investigate the case.