Police are looking for a man who apparently randomly targeted an 80-year-old woman, attempting to sexually assault her and leaving her severely beaten in her apartment in Hollywood, LAPD announced Wednesday.
The assault occurred early Saturday morning, June 18, at the woman’s apartment complex near Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release.
The assailant, who was captured on two surveillance video cameras in the complex, took the elevator to the upper floors of the building and knocked on the victim’s door.
He had buzzed at the front door of the secure building until someone let him in around 4 a.m., police said.
She opened the door and he pushed his way inside. He tried to sexually assault her and beat her severely, but she was able to fight him off, police said.
"She was very feisty, she was able to defend herself enough that it could hurt him, and he chose to leave," police Capt. William Hayes said at an afternoon news conference at LAPD headquarters Wednesday.
She was able to get help from a neighbor, who called police.
Paramedics took the woman to a hospital, where she was in critical condition and sedated due to her injuries, Hayes said. Police have not been able to interview her significantly because of her condition.
The assault appeared to be "on its face, random," and the victim said she did not know her assailant, Hayes said.
The assault occurred in a retirement community building in a heavily populated area of Hollywood. Residents at the building said mostly Russian-speaking people live there.
The assailant is described by LAPD as a black man between age 25 to 30, with black hair and brown eyes, 6 feet tall, 220 pounds. The video showed him wearing a black hooded “Penn State” sweatshirt, baggie black jeans and black shoes.
The case was assigned to LAPD’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sharlene Johnson at 213-486-6910. Anonymous tipsters may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.