A 369-pound man, who’s accused in an unprovoked attack at a Gardena gas station that left a woman with face and head injuries, remains in county jail Monday and may be brought before a judge Tuesday.
No charges had been filed against Antoine Rainey as of late Monday, though jail records indicate the 37-year-old suspect is scheduled to be taken to the Compton courthouse on Tuesday.
Rainey was arrested Friday after being turned in by his mother, who saw footage of the attack aired on a newscast, according to ABC7, which also reported that Rainey is schizophrenic and wasn’t taking his medication.
Channel 7 also reported that he has a criminal history and was on parole at the time of the attack, which occurred at a Sinclair station in the 500 block of Rosecrans Avenue, near Figueroa Street, about 7:10 p.m. May 30.
The victim was pumping gas into her Honda Civic when a large shirtless man parked directly in front of her, got out of his SUV, silently approached and punched her, knocking her to the ground, said Deputy Grace Medrano of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
While she lay on the ground, he repeatedly punched her in the face, grabbed her hair and slammed her head against her vehicle and the ground multiple times.
Video footage also showed several men approach the suspect while the woman was still on the ground. One touched the assailant’s arm before he walked calmly back to his vehicle and drove away.
Gas station employees told CBS2 that the man was a regular customer, stopping in daily to pick up coffee and cigarettes.
The victim, whose name was not released, told deputies she did not recognize her attacker and that he didn’t take any personal property from her. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries to her face and head, then released to recuperate at home, Medrano said.
The victim, who has a black eye and is taking pain medications while recovering from head trauma, told ABC7 she is fearful and has not been able to return to work since the attack.
LASD Detective Keegan McInnis told CBS2 that the woman is traumatized and “really having a difficult time leaving the house. She’s struggling to take her daughter to school, pick her daughter up from school.”
In an interview with ABC7, the single mother said feels likely to have survived the attack. She said her 8-year-old daughter wants to become a police officer because of what happened to her mom.
After release of video of the beating, a second woman came forward to allege she was also attacked by the same suspect a day earlier, according to the sheriff’s department.
The 63-year-old woman told deputies she sustained minor injuries when she was attacked in Willowbrook, near the intersection of Rosecrans Avenue and Avalon Boulevard on May 29.