LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Police say a suspect who suddenly and viciously attacked a 76-year-old man in downtown Los Angeles last week has been arrested.
The attack happened last Thursday at about 6:45 p.m. at 6th and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles. Police say the victim was sitting in a chair waiting for a ride when he was attacked.
Police say the suspect walked up to the man and punched him in the face several times. The elderly victim fell to the ground, but that didn’t stop his attacker. The suspect then picked up an electric scooter and threw it at him twice. A witness intervened, stopping the attack.
The suspect was last seen walking into the Midnight Mission, about a half-mile away.
Earlier today, police released several photos of the suspect hoping the public could identify him.
A spokesperson for the Mission said, “The suspect was apprehended at the Mission this afternoon. Our security staff recognized him in the dining hall from the photos and called the police.”
The elderly man suffered cuts to his head and an injury to his arm.
This was the second attack against a senior citizen involving an e-scooter. Last month a 63-year-old woman — namely Rosa Elena Hernandez of Long Beach — was attacked and beaten to death with one of the scooters as she walked home.
The suspect in that case was arrested.