Sketch of hammer wielding suspect in East LA

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released a composite sketch of a man suspected of assaulting two people in East Los Angeles with a hammer. The two separate attacks happened on March 25 and were unprovoked, the Sheriff’s Department says in a statement.

The first attack had the suspect strike an elderly man with a hammer in the 1400 block of South Bonnie Beach Place of unincorporated Los Angeles. He then kicked the elderly man while he laid on the ground.

The second assault happened just hours after the first attack in the 4400 block of Triggs Stret where the suspect attacked a woman. He struck her several times in the head with the hammer, knocking her unconscious.

Both victims remain in the hospital in serious condition.

The suspect is described as a 6 feet tall, 40-50 year old Hispanic male with a goatee weighing 200-240 pounds. The Sheriff’s Department believes he got away in a 1990’s dark colored Toyota Tacoma with an extended cab. He wore a hat, sunglasses, a blue wind breaker, brown cargo shorts, and white shoes.

The Sheriff’s Department asks for the public’s help in finding the attacker. If you know anything, you can call East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station, Detective E. Sanchez at (323) 264-4151 or (323) 981-5052.  Or you can provide information anonymously, by calling “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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