A brutal, heart-stopping crime was caught on camera in the Jewelry District in downtown Los Angeles.
Police say a video shows a homeless man pushing a complete stranger into oncoming traffic before he ends up being pinned by a truck.
The man in the attached video in a lime green jacket is a transient. While sitting in front of a restaurant around 10 a.m. on 6th Street near Broadway when he shoved the victim, believed to be in his 60s, into oncoming traffic as he walked by.
The victim was hit by a box truck and ends up under its tire.
The suspect picks something up and nonchalantly walks away.
As he’s pinned for at least 10 seconds, a business owner rushes to his aid until paramedics arrive.
“He’s listed in critical condition with a collapsed lung and scrapes, bumps and bruises and we think he is going to make it, which is great news,” said Officer Mike López of the Los Angeles police.
After a manhunt that lasted several hours, LA firefighters spotted the suspect a few blocks away in the same clothes and called the police.
Police said the suspect has been arrested and is expected to be charged with attempted murder.
Ryan Jeter, who recently moved to the area, said this is the second violent attack he’s heard about. The last one occurred a few months ago.
“One of the homeless people hit a resident on the head with a stick. It was a big thing. I saw right after it happened. It was bad,” Jeter said.
Pedestrians out for the evening say they feel safe, but incidents like this put things into perspective.
“I’ve lived here five years. I’ve never felt harmed in any way, but hearing things like that is really, definitely scary,” said Hannah Loyola, a downtown resident.
Sally Tiangco, a downtown commuter, added: “I’m always walking in downtown LA. We’re actually doing a food tour right now. It’s really lively here. Very Unfortunate to hear that happened.”