A woman was knocked to the floor when a stranger sucker punched her outside an upscale Irvine apartment building.
The victim, who only gave her first name as Elika said she fears for her safety. She said she was waiting for her friend to buzz her in from the parking structure at the luxury complex The Park on Sunday afternoon when the man approached. After asking if she lived inside, he hit her twice on the face when she turned away.
The beating left her with a badly swollen right eye, which has only just reopened.
"I turned my head a little to see if my friend is coming or not and that's when he punched me," Elika said. "All I told myself is just scream and scream and scream. Someone will be here and someone will hear you."
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The man, who is described as 6 feet tall and of medium build, fled after the attack, which the victim said seems to be utterly without motive.
"He didn't ask for money. He didn't ask for my phone. He could have gotten anything he wanted," Elika said. "My purse was open. I had a bottle in my hand. I had my car keys, and my car was parked right there."
Fliers about the attack went out Tuesday night, and are now posted inside elevators, warning people to be aware of their surroundings. Residents could not believe such an attack happened there.
"You don't expect this kind of thing in (the) city of Irvine, especially this community," Neda Shoar said.
Irvine police said they are trying to identify the attacker from surveillance footage.