UPDATE Thursday, August 6 9:45 P.M.: According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department South Central Area Command, the suspect was taken into custody Thursday morning without incident. In a Facebook post, Metro thanked the community for help in locating the suspect.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police have released two clear photos of a suspect who is accused of attacking a 77-year-old disabled man who was walking into a grocery store.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released video and images of the attack in hopes the public can help identify him.
According to police, the incident happened on Thursday, July 30 at a shopping center in the 1300 block of E. Flamingo Road near Maryland Parkway.
The man was walking into the store, pushing a shopping cart, when a man walked towards him and punched him in the head without provocation, police said. The suspect walked away before police arrived.
The motive behind the attack is unknown, but Metro Police hope the clearer photos of the suspect will lead to his capture.
“We are certain somebody knows this individual, just put someone you love in that place, and see what they would feel like without any provocation whatsoever just give us the information so we can get this individual off the street, said Larry Hadfield, public information officer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
8 News Now also spoke to people who come to the store. They say they are shocked that this happened.
“It is sad,” said shopper Sheryl Dent-Juarez. “It makes me emotional.”
Dent-Juarez said the video of what happened is alarming.
“You have an innocent bystander, and just randomly, he is hit in the face like that.”
Police say there was no reason for the man to be attacked.
“This individual did not do anything to provoke this attacker,” said Hadfield.
Dent-Juarez said the video is hard to watch.
“My heart is just really troubled,” she expressed. “For this young man to hit him like that, he has to be angry. Don’t know his situation, but he took it out on someone that was an innocent bystander.”
Police are urging businesses in the area of Maryland Parkway and Flamingo who may have photos or video of the suspect to call Metro Police.
Anyone with any information about this incident or if you think you recognize this suspect you are urged to contact the LVMPD South Central Area Command Investigation Section by phone at (702) 828-8639 or email SCACPD@lvmpd.com.
To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at (702) 385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips leading directly to an arrest or indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward.