LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — LAPD said on Monday afternoon that a suspect beat three homeless men with a baseball bat on Sunday in downtown Los Angeles.

The attacks left the homeless men in critical condition.

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They’re described as black men, ages 23, 24 and 59. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man, apparently homeless, in his 30s with a “distinctive gait”.

The attacks occurred near the 700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Police say the suspect attacked one victim at the northwest corner of 5th and Flower about 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Two other victims were attacked about a half-hour later on the south side of Wilshire just east of Flower.

“The assailant viciously attacked the victims while they were sleeping, striking them repeatedly with a baseball bat around the head and shoulders,” said LAPD Capt. William Hayes.

Police believe the motive was robbery.

General Jeff is an advocate for the homeless – who lives on Skid Row.

“It’s heartbreaking. From time to time we hear of violent attacks against homeless folks. They’re going through enough,” said General Jeff.

If you have any information you are asked to contact LAPD.

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