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Attacker Sought in ‘Unprovoked,’ Caught-on-Video Beating in Montebello: Police

Police reached out to the public for help Thursday in their search for a man who severely beat another man in an unprovoked and seemingly random attack as the victim exited a bus in Montebello.

Police are seeking the man pictured in this surveillance camera image in connection with a\the brutal and unprovoked beating after following the victim of a bus on March 12, 2019. (Credit: Montebello Police Department)

Police are seeking the man pictured in this surveillance camera image in connection with athe brutal and unprovoked beating after following the victim of a bus on March 12, 2019. (Credit: Montebello Police Department)

The crime, which was caught on video by surveillance cameras, took place about 8:20 p.m. on March 12 at Whittier Boulevard and Fourth Street, the Montebello Police Department said in a written statement.

The victim, described as a 50-year-old man, had been riding a Montebello Bus Lines Bus, along with the assailant, police said. The victim had just stepped off the bus when he was attacked.

"A unknown male exited the bus behind the victim and punched him in the head," according to the police statement. "The unprovoked attack knocked the victim to the ground where he lay unconscious. The suspect kicks the victim three more times while he is lying defenseless on the ground."

The attacker made no attempt to take any of the victim's property, police said. No motive for the assault was available.

Police described the attacker as a man in his mid- to late-20s, of medium build, with a goatee. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue pants and a black backpack. The attacker's voice can be heard in video footage released by police.

He was last seen walking east along Whittier Boulevard, officials added.

The victim is expected to recover, officials said.

Anyone with information, or who recognizes the suspect, was urged to contact Montebello police Detective Antista at 323-887-1200, ext. 249.

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