ABC7 was the network to first air the footage, and you can also see it in the video at the bottom of the page. When it starts, the man is sitting outside a store in downtown LA. He tries to scare a woman but she doesn’t seem too impressed and then, as another man walks into the frame, he lunges at him and pushes him into the street.
A truck hits him and the man, believed to be in his 60s, becomes pinned under the front wheel. His attacker bends to look at him and then picks up something off the ground – presumably, something his victim had dropped. Then, hands in pockets, he calmly walks away.
Firefighters responded to the scene of the incident and rushed the victim to the hospital. He’s suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs, and is listed as being in critical condition. However, he is expected to survive.
About an hour after ABC7 aired the shocking footage, the same firefighters that helped the victim spotted the assailant walking on a nearby street.
“It was definitely the bright neon rain jacket and the baggy pants, and just the demeanor the guy had,” firefighter Austen Johnson says of spotting the suspect.
They followed him for a few blocks and then sprung and detained him, handing him over to the police when they responded the call. The man’s identity hasn’t been made public.
“I hope the gentleman he pushed has a speedy recovery and for the individual that did push him, hopefully he can do a little soul searching on what he did was wrong, and keep him off the street from hurting anybody else,” Cpt. Raymond Robles tells the same media outlet.