Surveillance video shows man sucker-punch random stranger in Koreatown, knocking him unconscious

The man said he was simply trying to get some shade when a stranger randomly punched him in the face.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022
Surveillance video shows man sucker-punch random stranger in Koreatown
A man suddenly and violently attacked another man on a busy street in Los Angeles's Koreatown. Also caught on camera? The bizarre thing the attacker did next.

KOREATOWN, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man is speaking out after being suddenly and violently attacked in broad daylight near a busy intersection in Koreatown during an incident that was captured on shocking surveillance video.

Also caught on camera: the bizarre thing the assailant did after.

The victim, who asked not to be identified publicly by name, said the attack was unprovoked.

In an interview with ABC7, he said the suspect simply walked up to him and sucker-punched him without warning.

The attack happened around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, outside of a Metro subway station.

The victim said he was sitting next to a man he described as "husky" when he noticed he was acting strange.

"I didn't think too much of it, I just wanted to be in the shade," the victim said. "There were several eyewitnesses, but I don't remember what happened -- when it occurred -- when the man attacked me, I completely blacked out. It wasn't until I saw the security footage, that man came up to me quietly and knocked me down to the ground, which caused a big contusion on my head."

Moments after the attack, the video shows a bystander confronting the suspect.

What happens next is puzzling.

The suspect ends up helping the victim get back up.

The victim was taken to an emergency room to be examined and was interviewed by police.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed an investigation is underway. However, no determination has yet been made whether the incident constituted a hate crime.

The victim, an Asian man who is a Navy veteran, said Wednesday that he was still dealing with a sore nose and headaches.

He said he didn't know why the man punched him.

"I always thought I was aware of my surroundings," the victim said. "I notice people's posture, but at that time, it was just so unbelievable. I didn't think that I would be attacked with a cowardly punch, with no warning or anything."

As seen in the video, the suspect is visibly a large man, and police are still looking for him.

He's being described as a Black male between 30 and 35 years old. He's about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 250 pounds.

The suspect was last seen wearing a light-colored T-shirt with blue pants. He was also seen carrying a black backpack and a duffel bag.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247