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LAPD investigating video of alleged assault, robbery of transgender women as a hate crime

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Posted at 6:39 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 09:03:25-04

The Los Angeles Police Department says an investigation is underway after a man attacked and robbed three transgender women in Hollywood on Monday.

KTLA-TV in Los Angeles said police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Video of a portion of the assault was widely shared on social media. It shows the suspect assaulting the women and also demanding clothing and jewelry from them.

According to the LAPD, the man went up to one of the victims with a metal bar and told her to give him her shoes and bracelet. He then grabbed her hand and walked with her for a short distance before she was able to escape.

Later, police say the suspect attacked one of the woman's friends with a bottle, knocking her to the ground.

The suspect also allegedly made derogatory remarks about the victims' sexual identity during the attack.

LAPD shared a photo of the suspect in the hopes of tracking him down.