A man who was arrested in connection with a violent attack in Griffith Park may face an attempted murder charge, authorities said early Tuesday.
The assault, which occurred Monday afternoon about 3/4 of a mile up a trail that begins off Western Canyon Road, left the male victim with serious injuries to his face and head, according to Sgt. Douglas Bowler with the Los Angeles Police Department.
A group of hikers who called 911 reported that the victim’s face was covered with blood.
The unidentified victim — described by a firefighter at the scene as being in his 30s — was being treated at a local hospital and expected to survive.
Investigators believed that the assault was a result of a dispute that got out of hand, according to Wayne Guillary with the LAPD’s Northeast Division.
A law enforcement official told KTLA that the victim had met up with the man earlier in the day at a liquor store where they bought beer.
The pair later went up to the trail and got into some sort of altercation that ended with the man beating the victim with his fists, according to the official, who didn’t want to be identified by name.
The suspect was later identified by LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman as 54-year-old Tyrone Isumu.
He was arrested Monday around 6:50 p.m. on suspicion of attempted murder and booked in connection with the attack, according to Eisenman and Guillary.
Isumu was being held on $500,000, inmate records showed.
KTLA’s Melissa Pamer, Liberte Chan and Justin Burton contributed to this report.