Authorities released video footage on Wednesday of an unprovoked attack in Hollywood that left a senior citizen with serious injuries.
The victim, whose name and exact age were withheld, was attacked about 8 a.m. on Oct. 20 in the 800 block of North La Brea Avenue, about a block north of Melrose Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
"The suspect approached the elderly victim from behind and struck him in the face with a backpack without any provocation," according to an LAPD statement. "The victim fell onto the ground from the impact, sustaining serious injuries."
The video shows the suspect appearing to menace the victim with a backpack as the two passed one another on the sidewalk. The suspect then turned, followed and, with both hands on the backpack, clocked the unsuspecting victim with it, causing him to collapse. The suspect then continued walking in the direction he was originally going.
He's described as white or possibly Asian, in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 to 170 pounds. He had a moustache and goatee, was wearing a dark beanie, gray sweatshirt and dark pants.
Anyone with information that could help bring the attacker to justice was urged to call (213) 922-8231 to speak with Wilshire Area detectives Mayer or Nunez. After-hours or weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.