Man Sought in Killing of Longtime Utility Worker

A longtime Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employee was said to have been attacked for unknown reasons on July 2.

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Authorities Thursday intensified their efforts to find the attacker of a longtime Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worker who was attacked in downtown Los Angeles last week and died the following day at a hospital.

Julius Rondez, 70, died at a hospital on July 3, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported.

He was attacked for unknown reasons near Temple and Alameda streets about 4:30 p.m. July 2. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the assailant may be homeless. He was described as in his 20s, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.

"Julius was the victim of a violent and senseless attack that occurred on July 2nd just after finishing work," LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said in a statement. "A member of the LADWP family for over 33 years, Julius ... had an impressive work ethic and drive that helped him succeed and overcome challenges."

Rondez is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call homicide detectives at 213-485-6593, or 877-LAPD-247.

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