Video footage of man brutally pushing a stranger under a truck in downtown LA leads to arrest

Junie Sihlangu
Dec 07, 2018
12:05 P.M.

An unsuspecting elderly man was shoved under a truck on Wednesday morning. The incident occurred at around 10 a.m. in the 300 block of West 6th Street Downtown Los Angeles.


A man was recorded by surveillance cameras sitting on a bench outside a shop. When the elderly came walking by, the man suddenly got up and shoved him under an approaching truck.

Footage showed the suspect sitting on an outside table on the sidewalk watching people walk by. At one point a woman walks by and the suspect makes a jumping motion towards her leaving her startled.

However, he doesn’t get up. Then an elderly man in a suit walks by and the suspect suddenly gets off the bench and shoves him into the street right as a box truck is pulling up.

Source: ABC7.com

Source: ABC7.com

For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The truck driver slams his brakes but the elderly man still gets caught under the front wheel.


The suspect then calmly picks up what seems to be the man’s phone off the street and walks away. The truck driver gets out and tries to help the injured elderly man while other onlookers come to their aide.

Source: ABC7.com

Source: ABC7.com

The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He suffered a collapsed lung and multiple broken bones, from the incident, however, his injuries were not seen as life-threatening.

Source: ABC7.com

Source: ABC7.com


A few hours after the incident, the suspect was arrested. The Los Angeles Fire Department was the ones who spotted the suspect.

Source: ABC7.com

Source: ABC7.com

A firefighter saw the video and detained the suspect that same evening before calling the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Firefighter Austen Johnson said:

"It was definitely the bright neon rain jacket and the baggy pants, and just the demeanor the guy had."


Fire Station 9 Capt. Raymond Robles explained:

"We followed him a couple blocks and made notification to LAPD. I am happy [he was arrested]. 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."

The unnamed suspect was expected to be charged with attempted murder. In a similar incident that occurred on April 27, Sir Robert Malpas, 91, a former Eurotunnel boss was sent "flying" onto train tracks after being pushed off the platform by a stranger in an alleged murder attempt.


Malpas was pushed onto the rails at Marble Arch station by Paul Crossley, 46. He was rescued by a passer-by, Riyad El-Hussani, who jumped onto the tracks and helped to pull him back onto the platform.

At the time, he’d suffered a fractured pelvis and a wound to the head that required 12 stitches. Crossley was convicted of two counts of attempted murder.

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