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3 Homeless People Were Beaten With A Bat In DTLA Over The Weekend

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A flier circulated by Los Angeles Police seeks information about a man suspected of beaten three homeless people with a baseball bat over the weekend. (Photo courtesy of LAPD)
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Police are asking for help identifying a man suspected in attacks on three homeless people with a baseball bat in downtown Los Angeles over the weekend.

At about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, a man approached several people who appeared to be sleeping, beat them with a baseball bat, rummaged through their pockets and took some of their belongings, according to police.

Officers got a call reporting the attacks about 2 1/2 hours later. Two victims were then discovered near the 700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. A search of the area turned up another victim near 5th Street between Flower and Figueroa, according to police.

All three victims were taken to a hospital in critical condition and had not regained consciousness as of Monday. Police said the man suspected in the attacks appeared to be transient.

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"The way he was scavenging through the dumpsters or trash cans that were along the way, and it wasn't just in one location, it was repeated locations. And then his appearance also appears to be consistent with a homeless individual," LAPD Captain William Hayes said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

The man sought by authorities can be seen in surveillance video posted to YouTube by LAPD. You can see that video below:

Anyone with information has been asked to call Det. Dave Holmes or Det. Daryn Dupree at 213-486-6890 or, if it's after hours, to call 213-484-6700.

Lita Martinez and Brian Frank contributed to this report.

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