A transient man, who became enraged when a good Samaritan offered to pay for his items at a 7-Eleven store in the West Hollywood neighborhood of L.A. over the weekend, was caught on surveillance video savagely attacking the helper with an ax to the head and face outside the store.
The suspect, Kisu Bradey Brown, 41, has been taken into custody, officials confirmed Tuesday.
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Brown is a local transient and “known as a violent individual” who has had “numerous” felony convictions and prior assault convictions, sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Bishop said at a Tuesday news conference.
The victim had offered to pay for items that Brown was allegedly attempting to steal from the 7-Eleven store, according to a news release from the department.
That’s when Brown “became upset,” the release said, and “a struggle ensued” between him and the other man while they were still inside the store.
But the situation escalated just as the two men were leaving the store, as seen in surveillance footage. The video shows the man who deputies believe is Brown leaving first and then waiting outside to attack the victim.
Bishop described Brown as lying in wait for the victim.
Just as the victim takes his first few steps out of the store, the attacker quickly pulls a “hatchet- type” blade out of his clothing and lunges at him with it, Bishop said.
The victim falls to the ground with that first swing of the blade, the video shows.
“At that time, another individual comes out of the store and sees what’s going on, as now the suspect is standing over our victim, chopping at his face,” Bishop said, calling the assault a “very gruesome attack.”
“For a real quick second, the suspect walks away,” Bishop said of the last moments of the attack. “He’s still in the view of the camera. He then turns around and comes back and continues to chop at the victim’s face while (the victim is) lying on the ground — before he flees.”
Amazingly, the victim survived the attack, although he sustained multiple serious head injuries and one of his hands was almost chopped in half.
“We’re hoping we can get attempted murder charges filed on this individual,” Bishop told reporters.
Yes, let’s hope. It might be a good idea to get this man off the streets for awhile.