California grandmother beaten in random attack, police hunt suspect


Police are hunting for the man who viciously punched a California grandmother Saturday afternoon, causing her to suffer serious injuries.

Mi Reum Song, 86, was strolling in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood when a man strolled up to her and punched her once in the forehead, FOX1 1 Los Angeles reported. The assault occurred near the Olympic Division police station.

“She was struck in the forehead and fell backwards and her head struck the pavement. So[ on] the back of her head there was a laceration and you can see some of the injuries to the front of her face, ” LAPD Detective Heebae Cho said in a news conference.

Mi Reum Song, 86, was attacked Saturday afternoon and suffered head injuries. ( LAPD)

The 86 -year-old was taken to the hospital and treated for her head traumata. She was later released.

“She’s still in a lot of ache right now. She’s still mending, ” Cho said.

Yujin Ko, Song’s granddaughter, said she was in “utter shock” when she saw her battered and bruised grandmother.

“[ There were] a lot of tears…Her face was genuinely bruised and she looked like a different person, ” Ko said.

The suspect took nothing from Song before fleeing the scene, leaving researchers searching for a motive in the attack. Surveillance video from a nearby business captured Song wearing a visor and strolling down the street while a human with a knapsack operates by.

A man with a backpack that was spotting running in the region before the two attacks was named a “person of interest.” ( LAPD)

LAPD Capt. David Kowalski said the man spotted in the surveillance footage is a “person of interest” in the case.

“We have obtained video of a male fleeing the scene and at this phase he is a person of interest only, but person we want to speak to, ” Kowalski said. “We take these crimes severely and it hurts us both personally and professionally.”

Ko added he hopes “justice is served” and the attacker is taken into custody to prevent another incident.

Other senior citizen have been targeted by robbers in the neighborhood, according to FOX1 1. Song’s attack, however, does not appear to be connected to the other incidents at this time.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

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