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.

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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.

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