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Suspect sought in West L.A. bus fight

April 26, 2012 |  7:12 am

A bus rider was fighting for his life in a hospital Thursday with serious head injuries after he was slugged by a fellow passenger on a Santa Monica Big Blue Bus in an attack captured on  security video.

Los Angeles police detectives hope the video of the April 5 attack on Luis Contreras in West Los Angeles about 7:05 p.m. will yield the name of the man whose face is clearly seen on video as punches are thrown.

The video from a security camera on the bus shows Contreras falling to the floor near the bus doors while his attacker jumps over his body and leaves.

“This fight literally started over one individual stepping on the foot of the other. Words were exchanged and punches were thrown,” West Bureau Homicide Det. Luis Carranza said.

Carranza said several passengers on the bus witnessed the incident. So far the witnesses have been unable to identify the individual involved in the fight.

“We need someone to watch the video and look at the photographs,” Carranza said. “Anyone with information can contact us. We just want to know why this unfortunate incident occurred. We want to speak with him to get his side of the story.”

The bus was traveling in the area of Westwood Boulevard and Rochester Avenue in West Los Angeles when the fight erupted.

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD West Bureau Homicide Det. Armando Acero or Det. Luis Carranza at (213) 382-9470. Anonymous tips can be made at (877) 527-3247.

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