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Tourist Brutally Attacked In Santa Monica Coffee Bean

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Authorities have released photos of the woman suspected in the bizarre and unprovoked attack of a tourist at a Santa Monica Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf earlier this week.

Barbara Lowy, her husband and stepdaughter were visiting from New York and decided to make a stop for drinks at the coffee shop located on the 200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, just a block away from the bustling Third Street Promenade, CBS Los Angeles reports. While they were sitting at a table, a woman, whom Lowy describes as well-dressed, came in the shop and sat next to them, cursing and shouting on her smartphone.

It wasn't until Lowy heard the woman, who was a stranger to the family, say "that woman in black and white" that Lowy realized the woman was talking about her, she said. The family felt uncomfortable and got up to leave, but that's when the woman allegedly attacked Lowy.

"Suddenly, I felt somebody pull on my hair," Lowy told CBS Los Angeles. "All I remember is that I spun around, my neck snapped back, and all I could see was the ceiling. She also said to me while I was on the ground, ‘I’m going to come back with a machine gun and shoot you.'"

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Lowy's husband punched the woman, but he told CBS Los Angeles that it didn't seem to affect her at all and she ran away. Lowy suffers from a hairline fracture to her vertebrae.

Santa Monica police released photos today from a surveillance camera of the suspect, KABC 7 reports. They describe her as a white woman, at about 5 feet 4 inches tall and 130 pounds. She has long, straight brown hair. At this point, it's not clear what the motive is, though Lowy tells KABC 7 that she believes the woman has mental health issues.