by The Chicago Times Staff

June 6/7/21

GARDENA, CA — Last week, a woman pumping gas in California was badly battered in an apparently random attack caught on camera.  Surveillance film showed the vicious attack that took place in Gardena, about 14 miles south of Los Angeles, shortly after 7 p.m. on May 30.

The suspect was described as a Black male between the ages of 30 and 35, standing about 6 feet tall and weighing 350 to 365 pounds, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

According to FOX11, authorities apprehended the a man resembling the suspect on Friday in Long Beach.  There was no additional information available right away.

According to the sheriff’s department, the victim, a Hispanic woman, was pumping gas when the suspect, who seemed to be shirtless, stopped immediately in front of her car and calmly exited his vehicle.  The suspect then repeatedly bashed her in the head and face while she was on the ground. 

He also pulled the victim’s hair and repeatedly banged her head against her car and onto the ground.

When the guy calmly walks back to his vehicle, bystanders can be seen gathering at the pump on film.

The suspect then drove away, according to the sheriff’s department.

The victim was taken to the hospital and later released to recuperate at home.  She told deputies that she had never encountered the suspect before and that no one had taken any of her possessions during the incident.