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A 45-year-old homeless man has been arrested in connection with an assault on an elderly man in Los Angeles' Venice Beach, authorities said.

Macia Harger randomly approached the victim around 12:40 p.m. Sunday on the Venice boardwalk and appeared to punch him in the head, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The boardwalk has seen the number of homeless individuals increase during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Harger lives in one of the homeless encampments near where the alleged assault occurred, police said. 

In a video that captured the incident, Harger is seen walking by the victim before turning around and appearing to punch him. He was arrested on suspicion of battery causing serious bodily injury.

The victim was taken to a hospital and treated for serious injuries, police said. Investigators have not determined a motive for the attack. 

The victim was described by the Venice Current as a well-known performer in the area. According to the local newspaper, the victim is 70-years-old. 

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Venice and its famous Ocean Front Walk have seen several publicized attacks and other crimes amid an expansion of homeless encampments in the area. Residents and business owners have complained of harassment, littering, fires and shootings stemming from encampments. 

On Monday, City Councilman Joe Buscaino, who is running for mayor, was speaking in Venice about the city's homelessness problem when a woman pulled out a knife a few feet away from him. 

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Alert Issued For Two Missing NY Girls Who May Be Traveling By Train In Region

Two New York girls have gone missing and authorities on Long Island are asking the public's help in locating them.

The two went missing in Lindenhurst on Tuesday, June 15, and are believed to be together, Suffolk County Police said.

Aaliyah Powers, age 16, was last seen at her place of employment, McDonald’s, located at 334 Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst this past Tuesday. 

Powers (shown at left in the photo above) is 5-foot-4 inches, about 128 pounds with black hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a light blue McDonald’s uniform, black pants, and black sneakers.

Lydia Pacheco, age 15, was last seen at her residence in Lindenhurst on Tuesday. She is 5-foot-2, approximately 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  She is shown at right in the photo above.

Investigators believe the two may be traveling by train.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on their location to call 911 or Suffolk County Police at 631-854-8152.

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