Los Angeles crime: Man arrested in connection with vicious unprovoked assault in Koreatown

KOREATOWN, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A 45-year-old man suspected of punching another man at a bus stop in Koreatown in what police call an unprovoked assault was arrested Friday.

Tony Earl King was arrested around 10 a.m. at a bus stop on Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue after authorities received a tip from a caller who recognized King from security video of the crime, Los Angeles Police Department said.

The attack happened around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the same bus stop where King was arrested, LAPD officer Drake Madison said.

A NOTICE: The video above is from a previous report of the attack.

The suspect in the video was seated on a bus bench and the victim was standing about two meters away from him with his back turned when the suspect got up, walked towards the victim and punched him.

Video shows the suspect elbowing the man in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. The injured man was knocked unconscious and was treated at a hospital and discharged, Madison said.

The victim, identified only as “Leo” at his request, said he was just trying to get some shade when he was approached by King and slapped in the face.

“I didn’t think much of it,” said the victim. “There were several eyewitnesses but I don’t remember what happened – when it happened – when the man attacked me I passed out completely. It was only when I saw the security footage that this man quietly approached me and threw me to the ground, causing a large bruise to my head.”

Shortly after the attack, video shows a bystander confronting the suspect.

What happens then is puzzling. The suspect eventually helps the victim get back up.

“Leo” was taken to an emergency room for evaluation and questioned by police.

It is not yet clear whether the incident was a hate crime.

The victim, an Asian Navy veteran, said Wednesday he was still dealing with a sore nose and a headache.

He said he didn’t know why the man hit him.

“I always thought I was aware of my surroundings,” said the victim. “I notice the attitude of people, but at the time it was just so incredible. I didn’t think I would be attacked with a cowardly punch, without warning or anything.

King was arrested for assault and committed to the LAPD Olympic Community Police Station jail. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

City News Service, Inc. contributed to this report.

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