Bat Attacker Preying On Homeless


STRIKES AGAIN. JEFF NGUYEN IS LIVE DOWNTOWN TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT BEFORE HE STRIKES AGAIN. REPORTER: THREE MEN ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER THEY WERE BEATEN WHILE THEY WERE SLEEPING, WITH A BASEBALL BAT AND DETECTIVES SAY SOME OF THOSE ATTACKS WERE CAUGHT ON CAMERA. TONIGHT POLICE NEED HELP TRACKING DOWN THIS MAN SEEN IN THIS SECURITY VIDEO. DETECTIVES SAY HE NEARLY BEAT THREE HOMELESS MEN TO DEATH IN DOWNTOWN L.A. GENERAL JEFF IS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE HOMELESS. IT’S HEARTBREAKING. WHEN YOU HEAR FROM TIME TO TIME WE HEAR OF VIOLENT ATTACKS AGAINST HOMELESS FOLKS AND THEY’RE ALREADY GOING THROUGH ENOUGH. POLICE SAY THE ATTACKS HAPPENED WITHIN AN HOUR YESTERDAY MORNING. THE VICTIMS WERE SLEEPING IN AL COVES OR STAIRWELLS. WEAPON WAS A BASEBALL BAT. THIS IS A VIOLENT PREDATOR. HE’S WALKED UP AND WITHOUT ENGAGING THE INDIVIDUALS AT ALL HE JUST SAVAGELY ATTACKS THEM. POLICE SAY THE BEAT WRGS SO SEVERE ALL VICTIMS HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WAKE UP. WE ARE TOLD TWO OF THE ATTACKS WERE CAUGHT ON SECURITY CAMERA BUT THEY’RE TOO GRAPHIC TO SHARE SO DETECTIVES HAVE RELEASED THIS CLIP OF A MAN AS HE RIFLED THROUGH TRASHCANS NEAR ONE OF THE CRIME SCENES. POLICE WANT YOU TO TAKE NOTICE OF THE WAY HE WALKS. THE LEGS ARE EXTREMELY BOWED. YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE PICTURE. THE INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE SUSPECT IS HOMELESS BECAUSE THEY SAY CAMERAS CAUGHT HIM RUMMAGING FOR FOOD AND DRINK NEAR THE CRIME SCENES. FIRST HAPPENED AT THE CORNER OF FIFTH AND FLOWER, THE SECOND AND THIRD WERE 20 FEET APART FROM THE SOUTH SIDE OF WILSHIRE BOULEVARD EAST OF FLOWER. HE’S STILL LOOSE. HE’S GOT A WEAPON AND SHOWN US ALREADY THAT HE IS WILLING TO USE IT. REPORTER: AT THIS POINT IT APPEARS THE ATTACKS WERE RANDOM. HOWEVER DETECTIVES BELIEVE THE MOTIVE WAS ROBBERY BECAUSE THE SUSPECT WAS SEEN ON CAMERA GOING

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