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Police sought to track down two men who beat and robbed a Korean tourist at gunpoint outside a hotel in Placentia.

The 55-year-old victim and her 25-year-old daughter had just arrived about 9:30 p.m. Friday to the Best Western hotel at 118 E. Orangethorpe Ave. when a blue BMW pulled alongside and parked, according to Placentia Police Sgt. Bryce Angel.

“Two men exited passenger doors of the vehicle while the driver stayed behind the wheel,” Angel said.

One suspect grabbed the purse that was slung over the older woman’s shoulder, Angel said.

“The man tried to violently rip the purse from the woman,” Angel said.

“When she put up a struggle, the other male suspect pointed a handgun at her. The woman was pushed to the ground by the suspects, who were finally able to get her purse.”

The suspects continued to punch and kick the woman to unconsciousness even after they had taken her purse, Angel said.

The two men then returned to the blue sedan, which took off toward Orangethorpe Avenue, Angel said.

The woman, who was on the ground when officers arrived, remains hospitalized, but an update on her condition was not immediately available.

The two suspects who attacked her are both black and in their late teens. Each was about 6 feet tall and wore dark clothing.

The vehicle was a Navy blue four-door with a spoiler and yellow paper dealership plates.

Anyone with information that could lead investigators to the suspects was urged to call (714) 993-8187 to speak with Detective Reger.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

—City News Service

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