Performer attacked on boardwalk

VENICE (CNS) - A 45-year-old homeless man suspected of knocking a 70-year-old man unconscious in an apparently random attack has been arrested, authorities announced.

Macio Harger allegedly approached the man at about 12:40 p.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Ocean Front Walk and punched him in his face, according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement.

The victim is a well-known performer on the Boardwalk. He lost consciousness after he was struck, and Harger fled the scene, police said.

Paramedics took the performer to a hospital where he was treated for``serious injuries.'' His name was not released.

Harger, who was living in a homeless encampment near the scene of the alleged assault, was arrested for suspicion of battery Tuesday and booked at the LAPD's Pacific Community Police Station. His bail was set at $50,000.

Anyone with information about the assault was asked to call LAPD Pacific Division Detectives at 310-482-6394. Calls made during non-business hours or on weekends should be made to 877-527-3247.

Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.