Man's body found under Santa Monica pier could be linked To L.A. attacks

Two of three homeless men who were attacked Sunday in downtown Los Angeles while they slept died today of their injuries, while the body of another homeless man was found in Santa Monica in what might be a related crime.

The third victim in Sunday's attacks remains hospitalized in critical condition with severe head trauma, said Drake Madison, public information officer of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The body of Thursday's victim was found beneath the Santa Monica Pier, and authorities were working to determine if the killing was linking to the attacks in downtown Los Angeles.

The body was found around 6:30 a.m. by city maintenance workers.

Police said the man, believed to be in his 30s, appeared to have been beaten on the head with a blunt instrument.

The trio of downtown attacks occurred between 4 and 5 a.m. Sunday, and Los Angeles police released surveillance video of a man suspected in those attacks, which investigators said were carried out with a baseball bat.

All three victims were attacked while they slept, and the suspect went through their belongings before leaving the scene.

The suspect was described as white or Hispanic with dark bushy hair and wearing a blue hat, gray sweatshirt, black shorts and bright white tennis shoes.

Police noted that the suspect, who might also be homeless, appeared slightly bow-legged and walked with a distinctive gait.

Anyone with information on the downtown Los Angeles attacks was urged to call Robbery-Homicide Detectives at (213) 486-6890.

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