Elderly man viciously attacked in Venice; suspect arrested

An elderly man was hospitalized after a vicious attack near the Venice Beach boardwalk Sunday afternoon.

On Wednesday, authorities announced they arrested Macio Harger, a 45-year-old resident of Los Angeles, is homeless and was residing in one of the homeless encampments on the Venice Beach boardwalk close to where the incident took place. 

Harger was arrested for 243(d) PC, "Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury" and awaiting filing recommendations by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Detectives are currently in the process of determining a motive for the attack

The incident happened around 12:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Ocean Ave. in Venice, authorities said.

Video from Citizen app shows police and onlookers surrounding a man in his 70's who was injured when he was knocked to the ground.

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Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics transported the victim to a local area hospital where he was treated for serious injuries.

The man's sister says he has a shattered cheek and broken ocular bone in many places. He is recovering at home.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Pacific Division Detectives at (310) 482-6394.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers.