Koreatown beating: Suspect sought after elderly grandmother attacked in broad daylight

ByABC7.com staff KABC logo
Monday, February 12, 2018
Koreatown beating: Suspect sought after attack on 86-year-old woman
Los Angeles police are looking for a suspect in the violent attack of an 85-year-old woman in Koreatown.

KOREATOWN, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles police are looking for a suspect in the violent attack of an 85-year-old woman in Koreatown.

The elderly grandmother was walking on a busy street in broad daylight when a random person walking next to her hit her in the face with an open hand, according to the woman's granddaughter.

The incident happened Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. near the Hannam Market at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, police said.

The grandmother said all she remembers is the man walking beside her and then hitting her before she woke up.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries to her face.

Granddaughter Yujin Ko took a haunting photo of her grandmother's injuries.

"Her eyes are black and blue, her forehead is black and blue. She got a lot of stitches on her scalp, so she's bandaged up," Ko said.

The tiny grandmother, who weighs just 90 pounds, took a brutal hit to the head. The suspect got away without a trace.

"Luckily, a lot of people were there to help her, and so she said people were rushing to her, and I don't know if that's the time that guy got away," Ko added. "The paramedics came, the ambulance came, and the police came."

It is not the first time a senior has been attacked in the Los Angeles area. In October, an elderly man walking in Hollywood was struck in the head with a heavy bag. The suspect was arrested shortly after.

In July a Los Feliz man was walking home when a random attacker clocked him in the face. That suspect still hasn't been found.

"I don't understand why this type of violence has to happen. It's really just unsettling, and I don't want to live my life being afraid, but it's kind of what it comes down to," Ko said.

She is now pleading for anyone with information about the attack to contact the LAPD.

Investigators are looking for surveillance video from nearby stores to help find the woman's attacker.

Anyone with information was encouraged to contact the LAPD Olympic Division at (213) 382-9045.