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89-year-old man dies after an alleged assault on a bus

Authorities are investigating the death of an 89-year-old man who was allegedly assaulted on an Metro bus in Culver City three weeks ago.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives are trying to determine whether the injuries the man sustained led to his death Saturday morning, according to a statement from the department.

The  attack occurred Oct. 21 near Venice Boulevard and Main Street, the statement said.

Luke Schoedel, 35, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of felony assault and felony elder abuse. He remains in custody on $80,000 bail.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,where he died, sheriff’s officials said.

It was one of at least two attacks on Metro buses in recent weeks. On Wednesday, an 18-year-old woman said to have the mental capacity of a 10-year-old was raped at the back of a bus as it traveled through Baldwin Hills. Sheriff’s officials arrested a suspect, Kerry Trotter, Friday morning, hours after releasing photos of the alleged attacker.

Anyone with information about the incident involving the 89-year-old man is asked to contact the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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