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Surveillance Video Shows Man Who Beat Woman In Highland Park In Rape Attempt

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Police have released surveillance video of a man who brutally beat a woman in a rape attempt on York Boulevard in Highland Park on Thanksgiving day.

LAPD Officer Drake Madison tells LAist that detectives are still actively working on finding the man who attacked the woman last Thursday at 6:30 p.m. near York Boulevard and Toledo Street. Authorities released the video in hopes that it will help lead to the arrest of the suspect.

Police told NBC Los Angeles that in a surveillance video captured at a McDonald's near the scene of the attack, the victim is seen talking to the man before she buys a drink and leaves the restaurant.

In another surveillance video, which can be seen below, the woman is walking down the street. The man—who is wearing all black, has glasses, and is holding a white coffee cup—appears in the video walking in the same direction just moments after she passes through.

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LAPD's Sgt. Douglas Bowler told ABC 7, "What we've got is a male Hispanic, maybe teens to early 20s and probably lives in the neighborhood."

Witness Leticia Romo told KTLA last week that she saw the man get on top of the woman in an attempt to rape her, and that he punched her repeatedly until her face was bloody.

Her screams caught the attention of local residents who tried to stop him, the victim's family friend, who did not want to be identified, told NBC Los Angeles. However, when the man lifted up his shirt to flash his gun, the bystanders stopped following him, and he fled.

The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for severe injuries.

Authorities are hoping to find DNA from the victim's bloody headphones to link them to the attacker. They believe this was a random attack.