LA woman hit with fire extinguisher by scooter-riding suspect in unprovoked attack
The attack happened at around 11 am when the unidentified woman was going out to grab her morning coffee in West Los Angeles along Pico Boulevard
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A brute has been captured on surveillance footage savagely striking a random woman in the head with a fire extinguisher in an unprovoked attack in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 1.
The attack happened at around 11 am when the unidentified woman was going out to grab her morning coffee in West Los Angeles along Pico Boulevard, confirmed her boyfriend. Dan Steinberg, her boyfriend said she heard the attacker shout something as he rode past her on his e-scooter before disappearing.
Minutes later, the attacker reappeared and brutally struck the woman with a fire extinguisher. The surveillance footage from a camera near the scene shows the attacker hurling something at the woman before fleeing away from the scene. The video then showed the victim clutching the back of her head in pain from the brutal blow and struggling to make it back up on her feet. She soon lost consciousness and was rushed to the local hospital for treatment for the head injury. She has been diagnosed with a concussion and is expected to recover soon, according to a Daily Mail report.
The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation into the matter and is searching for the suspect. However, in the wake of the investigation, a new video has come out about the circumstances around the incident. The video procured by other business owners in the area provides an alternate angle of the assault and shows the man riding away before a black van is caught on camera circling around the scene. After a few rounds, the driver of the van exits from the vehicle, grabs the extinguisher from the scene, and removes a magnetic sign from his vehicle, leaving with the weapon.
Another shot of the black van shows a magnetic sign on the vehicle, which reads "Alex Carpet Cleaning," along with two phone numbers. As per a report by CBA LA, the victim said she was approached by a man in a black vehicle who told her she was hit by a man. However, the victim is unable to confirm if the vehicle is the same van shown in the footage, submitted by James Crist, who owns a shop across the street from where the woman was assaulted.
"She had no idea, that was not even in her consciousness that she was being attacked," said the victim's boyfriend on Sunday. "Within about a block a man approached in a car and said, 'Are you okay, I saw that man assault you with a fire extinguisher.'"
The incident has left the locals shocked. "I walk around here all the time," said Ethel Roxas, who lives nearby told CBS, "It does make me feel nervous. It is nerve-racking to think that this could happen in broad daylight. But Crist, the shop owner, said he is not even a bit surprised by the attack. "I've seen theft, I've seen graffiti, I've seen physical attacks, like this one - all in this area I grew up in," he said. "It's a little frustrating when no accountability can ever be taken."