Police in Los Angeles are asking the public for help identifying a man caught on camera punching two women after becoming irate over the price of a hot dog.
“This guy brutally punched two women at a hot dog stand on Jan. 26 in the area of 6th & Spring,” the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted on Tuesday. “Someone knows him, and we would like to be one of those people.”
The video shows a group of people congregating on a busy street. The suspect appears to kick one of the two female victims. She crumbles to the ground before the other woman approaches the man in her defense. He appears to swing at her and then at the other woman as she gets up off the ground. He then allegedly punches both of them in their faces before running off.
The two women reportedly overheard the suspect arguing with the hot dog vendor over the $6 price of a one of the dogs, according to Los Angeles’ Fox 11.
The women told Fox11 that another vendor offered the man a free hot dog, but he remained fuming.
That’s when they began arguing with the man, they said.
Both women had to be taken to a nearby hospital.
A relative of one of the women posted another video of the incident on Facebook, but it has since been deleted, according to Fox11.
"Two girls are now lying on the ground, who both ended up in ER, and NOBODY even tried to help them up or ask if they were ok!," the relative wrote. "Instead, the people standing around laughed and cheered as if the sight of two small girls getting beat on by a huge, 250 lb man was a sight of entertainment!"
The man who posted the video claims to be one of the victim's fathers.
"He socked them both in the face not once, but MULTIPLE times, some of which were not caught on film," he wrote.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Gonzalez 213-996-1851 (after hours contact 213-486-6606). The suspect is described by police as a male in his thirties with black hair and brown eyes, approximately 6'2" to 6'4" tall, between 205 to 275 pounds.
[Photo: Los Angeles Police Department]
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