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Man in Critical Condition After Bus Stop Assault

The perpetrator allegedly hit the victim on the head with a large stone or rock.

A man suffered serious injuries to the head after being assaulted while sitting on the bus bench at Wilshire Boulevard and Seventh Street on Oct. 28, said Friday afternoon. Police are still seeking a man who may have been responsible for the assault.

The victim, whose identity has not been released, told police that, while he was sitting on the bench, he was approached from behind by someone who was holding a large stone or rock. After suffering a blow to the head, the victim fell to the ground. He then looked up and saw the perpetrator walk westbound on Wilshire.

The victim, suffering major injuries to his head, subsequently called 911. He was transported to a local hospital and, as of Friday afternoon, was still in critical condition.

Police said the suspect is described a male between 40 and 50 years old. He is 5’4” to 5’5” in height and has a thin build. The victim said he believes the perpetrator is homeless.

Police are asking those with information about the incident to call Det. Daniel Larios at (310) 458-8937, Sgt. Ira Rutan at (310) 458-8959 or the general SMPD line at (310) 458-8495.

If you want to remain anonymous, call WeTip at 1.800.78.CRIME or submit the tip online at WeTip.com. Another option is calling Crime Stoppers at 800.222.TIPS, texting from your mobile phone or visiting LACrimeStoppers.org. If your information leads to an arrest and conviction, you may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Fred Alexander November 05, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Another reason for the film industry to leave Santa Monica, crimes committed by the homeless.
Eddie Greenberg November 08, 2011 at 02:36 AM
Is there any reason this story was not released until a week after the incident? It seems ludicrous not to have done so when any possible witnesses might have had fresh recollections of the perpetrator in my opinion. Might being a homeless person have had something to do with it? The front of the 7/11 store on Wilshire has always attracted panhandlers and the alley between 6th. & 7th. from Wilshire to Arizona is loaded with homeless people and swarms of graffitti. Whenever I have reason to go there I wonder where our vaunted homeless outreach programs we hear so much about at council meetings really are. Do police patrols cover that area? The parking citation people swarm over the area constantly in their zealous quest to meet and surpass their quotas. Does the Big Blue Bus riders or any other adult or adolescent resident feel safe? I doubt it as any one of us could be next. The holidays are coming and there will be alcohol around and this guy could strike again. Some weeks ago residents north of Montana complained about swastika graffitti, and it's right they should have, however our "selective enforcement" gave it a top priority. Is another human being's life not also a priority? Let us forget the nonsense "spin" that crime is dropping and help our SMPD to catch these parasites in our midst.

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