Video released by the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday shows a man who authorities are hoping to identify in connection with a series of attacks on homeless people beaten with a baseball bat while sleeping on the street in downtown L.A.
The suspect appears to also be a transient, LAPD Capt. William Hayes said in an afternoon press briefing, noting that the man is always seen traveling on foot and doesn’t appear to use a vehicle.
At least three people were attacked between 4 and 5 a.m. on Sunday, police said. The first incident occurred at the northwest corner of Fifth and Flower streets, while the second and third happened on the south side of Wilshire Boulevard, just east of Flower.
All three victims remained in critical condition Monday night.
In each case, the person was beaten with a bat before their attacker rifled through their clothing and other belongings to steal from them.
Each victim was in a relatively secluded area, such as a stairwell, when they were targeted, Hayes said.
“This is a violent predator,” Hayes said. “Without engaging the individuals at all, he just savagely attacks them with a baseball bat.”
The victims were discovered by a security guard who began patrolling the area around 6 a.m.
We need your help identifying this suspect who is wanted for the brutal attack of 3 homeless individuals. If you have any information, please let us know right away. Let’s catch this guy! pic.twitter.com/2apavvMwLd
— Commander Marc Reina (@LAPDMarcReina) September 17, 2018
The suspect was seen walking, drinking from cans and bottles and rummaging through garbage cans in the area before he fled on foot, police said. The video released by LAPD shows him walking down a hallway and then drinking out of what appears to be a bottle.
In a news release, police described him as a white or Hispanic man around 30 to 40 years old whose gait is “extremely bow legged.” He was wearing a blue hat, black shorts, gray sweatshirt, bright white shoes and ankle socks at the time of the attacks.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Dave Holmes or Detective Daryn Dupree at 213-486-6890.