Police released graphic video on Wednesday showing a man being viciously beaten with a baseball bat during a robbery in the Van Nuys area earlier this year as they sought to identify the assailants.
The incident took place on Jan. 18 around 1:15 a.m. in the 5500 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, which is along the border of Sherman Oaks.
The male victim had met up with two women for sex at a Best Western hotel, a rendezvous that had been set up through the website backpage.com, according to LAPD Detective Peter Barba.
After, the three headed out to get beer. They were walking through the hotel parking lot when of the women motioned over a nearby man, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release.
The man, wielding a wooden baseball bat, approaches and chases the victim around for a few moments, surveillance video released by LAPD shows. He hits the victim multiple times in the head with the bat, causing him to lose consciousness.
The attacker continues bashing the victim’s head with the baseball bat while he lay motionless on the ground, according to the footage.
At one point, one of the women intervened and tried to stop the man from hitting the victim with the bat.
After the brutal beating, the assailant walked to a nearby vehicle and got rid of the bat. He then went back to the unconscious victim and proceeded to take his wallet and cellphone before fleeing with the women, LAPD said.
A man who can be seen at the end of the video passing by the scene was the one who called 911, according to Barba.
The victim survived, but was left seriously injured.
“He had multiple head fractures, his face was completely shattered,” Barba said. “You could not recognize him.”
Police did not provide a detailed description of the man and two women being sought in the violent incident.
Anyone who recognizes any of the individuals in the video or has information about the case is urged to call Van Nuys Area Robbery Detective Barba or Detective Rose at 818-374-0087, or LAPD’s 24-hour, toll-free number 1-877-LAPD-247.
Those who would like to provide a tip anonymously can contact L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477, or go to the website www.lacrimestoppers.org.