Sketch released of suspect in random hammer attacks in East Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released this sketch of a suspect sought for attacking two people with a hammer in East Los Angeles on March 25, 2016. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

Sheriff's officials released a sketch of a man wanted for attacking two people with a hammer in East Los Angeles.

The assaults happened on two different occasions in the same general area on March 25.

The first assault took place in the 1400 block of South Bonnie Beach Place, where the suspect walked up to a 63-year-old man and struck him with a hammer.

Sheriff's officials said when the victim fell to the ground, the suspect kicked him and ran from the scene.

A few hours later, the suspect attacked a 23-year-old woman who was standing in front of a home in the 4400 block of Triggs Street. The suspect struck the woman in the head with a hammer and then fled.

Investigators said both victims were attacked without warning or provocation.

The man and woman were taken to area hospitals, where they were listed in serious condition.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man between 40 and 50 years old, around 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing 200 to 240 pounds with a goatee.

He was seen wearing a hat, sunglasses, blue windbreaker, brown cargo shorts and white shoes.

Authorities believe the attacker got away in a 1990s dark colored Toyota Tacoma with an extended cab.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department released this image of a car connected the the suspect in random hammer attacks in East Los Angeles on March 25, 2016.


If you have any information about this incident, you're urged to contact Detective E. Sanchez at (323) 264-4151 or (323) 981-5052. You can also submit anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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