CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Homeless man pushes stranger into oncoming traffic

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It was a brutal, heart-stopping crime captured on camera in downtown Los Angeles’ Jewelry District. 

Police say the man seen here in a lime green jacket is a transient that frequents this area. 

He’s sitting in front of a restaurant around 10 a.m. on 6th Street near Broadway when the victim, believed to be in his 60’s, walks by. 

Unprovoked, he shoves him into oncoming traffic. 

The victim is hit by a box truck and ends up under its tire. 

The suspect picks something up and nonchalantly walks away. 

As he’s pinned for at least 10 seconds, a business owner rushes to his aid until paramedics arrive. 

“He’s listed in critical condition with a collapsed lung and scrapes, bumps and bruises and we think he is going to make it, which is great news,” said Officer Mike Lopez with the Los Angeles Police Department. 

A manhunt was underway for several hours. 

Around 6:45, L.A. firefighters spotted the suspect a few blocks away, still in the lime green jacket, and called police. 

Ryan Jeter recently moved to downtown and says this is the second violent attack he’s heard about. 

The last one occurred a few months ago. 

“One of the homeless people hit a resident on the head with a stick. It was a big thing. I saw right after it happened. It was bad,” he said. 

Pedestrians out for the evening say they feel safe, but incidents like this put things into perspective. 

“I’ve lived here five years. I’ve never felt harmed in any way, but hearing things like that is really, definitely scary,” said Hannah Loyola, downtown resident. 

“I’m always walking in downtown LA. We’re actually doing a food tour right now. It’s really lively here. Very Unfortunate to hear that happened,” said Sally Tiangco, downtown commuter. 

Police say the suspect is expected to be charged with attempted murder. 

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