GARDENA, Calif. — A man suspected of viciously attacking a woman at a gas station in Gardena was arrested in Long Beach Friday evening.
Authorities were looking for a 300-to-350-pound shirtless man seen in a video attacking the woman at the gas station.
The attack appears to be random and without provocation, and left the woman, a 25-year-old single mother, hospitalized with serious injuries.
The suspect, who has not been immediately identified, was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. after a family member turned him in. The family member expressed concern he would hurt someone else or himself.
Investigators say the suspect, who is in his late 40s, is currently on parole for assault.
The assault happened Sunday, May 30 around 7:10 p.m. at a station in the 500 block of Rosecrans Avenue in Gardena.
On surveillance video, the woman is seen pumping gas at her car as the suspect emerges from his black Ford Expedition at the next pump and calmly walks up to her.
He immediately starts punching her repeatedly in the head and body, even as she falls to the ground. As she lays helpless on the ground, he continues punching her again and again. He also grabs her hair to slam her head against the car and the ground multiple times.
The attack continued for at least 40 seconds until he stopped and stood over her motionless body.
The surveillance video of the brutal assault shows the large man getting out of his car, walking up to the woman as she pumps gas, then, without provocation, he sucker punches her in the face and continues to beat her on the ground.
NEW: We've obtained surveillance video of the brutal assault. It shows the large man getting out of his car, walking up to the woman as she pumps gas, then, without provocation, he sucker punches her in the face and continues to beat her on the ground. She was hospitalized. pic.twitter.com/1b3fOq33QG
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A 63-year-old woman was attacked Saturday night near the same intersection. She was sitting in her car at a traffic light when the suspect walked up and punched her.
Police believe there may have been other assaults and they are asking victims and witnesses to come forward.
The woman in the gas station attack told Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies she did not recognize the man and that he didn’t take any personal property from her.
She was described as a 25-year-old single mother who was stopping for gas as she headed home from work that day. Detectives say she didn’t even notice the suspect until he was attacking her.
“He walked around, she didn’t see him,” LASD Det. Keegan McInnis told Eyewitness News. “By the time she looked up he had thrown the first punch. You see in the video the attack is pretty vicious. Then he calmly walks away as if nothing had happened.”
She suffered severe injuries to her face and head from the attack and was transported to a hospital. She was later released and was recuperating at home.
“This is a 25-year-old single mother who just got off work and was on her way home,” McInnis said. “This could be your daughter, this could be your sister, your mom. She was just innocently pumping gas.”
“Any info that could help us identify this gentleman and bring him into custody would help your community be safer and help our victim sleep better at night.”
“She’s afraid to even take her daughter to school right now because of this attack.”
Not one media reported about this attack and condemned this hate crime.