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Homeless man arrested in random beating of elderly LA woman

Los Angeles Police Detective Heebae Cho stands next to a photo of a crime victim Mi Reum Song during a news conference in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. The photo was taken by her granddaughter, Yujin Audrey Ko, and posted on Facebook after an attack Saturday, in the Koreatown neighborhood. Police are looking for the man who attacked the woman, leaving her face bruised in what her family has called a random and unprovoked attack. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Los Angeles Police Detective Heebae Cho stands next to a photo of a crime victim Mi Reum Song during a news conference in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. The photo was taken by her granddaughter, Yujin Audrey Ko, and posted on Facebook after an attack Saturday, in the Koreatown neighborhood. Police are looking for the man who attacked the woman, leaving her face bruised in what her family has called a random and unprovoked attack. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES — Police say a homeless man has been arrested in the random beating of an 86-year-old woman in Los Angeles.

Detective Hee Bae Cho said Wednesday that Richard Colomo was arrested on suspicion of felony battery on an elderly person.

Cho, the case's lead investigator, said the 41-year-old was arrested Tuesday afternoon and did not know the victim. Detectives are trying to determine a motive for the crime. The name of his lawyer was not immediately available.

The attack happened Saturday afternoon, about a block from a police station in the Koreatown neighbourhood .

The victim, Mi Reum (mee ruhm) Song, was walking down the street when a man punched her in the face, causing her to fall and slam her head on the pavement.

Police said Song is expected to recover.

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