Man arrested in connection with vicious, unprovoked attack in Koreatown

Attack at Vermont and Wilshire

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

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KOREATOWN, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A 45-year-old man suspected of striking another man at a Koreatown bus stop in what police called an unprovoked attack was arrested Friday, June 24, 2022.

The assault occurred about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the same bus stop where King was arrested, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said.

The suspect in the video was sitting on a bus bench and the victim was standing about six feet away from him with his back turned when the suspect got up, walked toward the victim and slugged 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 released, Madison said.

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

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