Hammer attacks on two people were described Tuesday as brutal and random, as the county Board of Supervisors approved a $15,000 reward to find the criminal.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended the reward, calling the March 25 attacks “brutal” and saying the victims appeared to have been chosen at random.
The first attack came in the 1400 block of South Bonnie Beach Place and the second in the 4400 block of Triggs Street, according to Detective Ed Sanchez of the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station.
The suspect appeared to be in his mid-40s. In the first attack, he approached a man Sanchez described as “elderly” and without provocation struck him with “a hammer-like weapon.”
“When the victim fell to the ground, the suspect kicked the victim,” before running off, Sanchez said.
A few hours later, and less than three blocks away from the first crime scene, a woman standing in front of a home was similarly attacked by a man wielding a hammer-like weapon, according to the detective.
The woman was struck several times “about the head” and knocked unconscious, Sanchez said.
Both victims were admitted to a hospital in serious condition.
The suspect was described as a heavyset Hispanic man with a goatee. He’s believed to be about 40 to 45 years old, 5 feet-10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing between 200 and 240 pounds.
Detectives said he last was seen wearing a straw hat, blue windbreaker- type jacket, sunglasses, brown cargo shorts and white shoes.
Anyone with information about the attacks was urged to call the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station at (323) 264-4151. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
All tips may be made anonymously.
—City News Service
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