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Brutal Attack Leaves Man in Coma

The suspect was riding a bicycle when he approached the victim from behind.

Police Thursday sought public help in identifying an attempted murder suspect who smashed a man over the head in the Carthay area, sending him to a hospital and leaving him unable to provide investigators with information about the attack.

Officers responded about 6:15 p.m. on April 22 to the area of Crescent Heights and Wilshire boulevards to investigate an assault with a deadly weapon report, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.

"Upon arrival, they found a victim suffering from a 6-inch laceration to the back of his head," the statement said. "The investigation revealed the suspect was riding a bicycle when he approached the victim from behind. The suspect got off of his bicycle and struck the victim over the head with an unknown hard object."

The suspect then rode off on the bike, police said.

"Due to the nature of the victim's injuries (he) is unable to provide detectives with any additional information," according to the LAPD.

The suspect, whose image was captured by a surveillance camera, is white, 40-50 years old, about 6 feet 1 inch tall with short gray hair. He wore a dark blue hoodie, checkered shorts and was riding a possible white and silver mountain bike with a basket on the front.

Anyone with information about the assailant was urged to call the Wilshire area detectives investigation the case at (213) 922-8230 or (213) 922- 8235.

After-hours and weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

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