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Folding Chair Attack in Venice


Police are searching for two men, one of whom was armed with a folding chair, in an attack caught on video at the Venice Beach boardwalk.

James Karhu shot the video Friday from his apartment, located above the street, as neighbors called 911. The video shows two men punching and kicking the victim on a sidewalk.

“My heart was beating out of my chest,” said Karhu.

After one of the attackers ran away, the second man continued to strike the man with a folding chair. The beating continued for about two minutes as the attacker yelled at the man, who tried to cover his head to protect himself as he rolled on the ground.

The victim’s injuries are non-life threatening, according to Los Angeles police. Both men left the location before police arrived.

“All I heard was the main guy in white saying, ‘Get out of here, get out of Venice Beach. You don’t belong in Venice Beach,’” said Karhu. “I was hoping with my filming we’d be able to catch this guy.”

Call the Pacific Community Police Station at 310-482-6334 to provide information about the attack.


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