UPDATE: A man who authorities said can be seen on video attacking another man with an ax outside a West Hollywood 7-Eleven store was in custody today on suspicion of attempted murder.
Kisu Brown, 41, was arrested at 9:37 p.m. Tuesday near Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau who said deputies recognized Brown. Brown is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station today released a video of the gruesome attack by a homeless man on another man outside the 7-Eleven Store at 7950 Santa Monica Blvd. on Saturday. The video was released as part of a press conference at which Detective Sgt. Jeff Bishop urged residents to contact the Sheriff’s Station if they see the man and warned not to approach him because he is very dangerous. Capt. Sergio Aloma said station detectives have been on the case constantly since it occurred.
The attacker has been identified as Kisu Bradey Brown. Bishop said Brown, 41, had a history of arrests for violent crimes and has spent time in jail. Bishop said Brown, apparently homeless, is known to have hung out in West Hollywood and have been involved in other crimes here. He is six feet tall and weighs about 190 pounds.
In an earlier update on the attack, the Sheriff’s Station said “responding deputies have learned the suspect … was stealing items from the location when the victim offered to pay for his items. The suspect became upset, refused the victim’s offer and a struggle ensued. As the victim left the location the suspect pulled out an axe and began to hit him in the head several times. After the assault, the suspect fled the location heading northbound on Hayworth Avenue and out of view.
“The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.”
Bishop said the victim, whose identity has not been released, remains in the hospital after having suffered serious injuries to his skull and his face. The axe, as if visible in the video above taken from the 7-Eleven security camera, is a double-bladed hatchet. Brown stepped outside the store and waited for the victim to emerge and then began attacking him. He turned and walked away briefly before resuming the attack, with an unknown man watching.
Deputies were alerted to the incident around 4:10 a.m. Saturday In their search for the suspect officers headed to Fountain Avenue between Fairfax and Orange Grove. They employed dogs and helicopters along with a “diversionary device,” which creates loud sounds intended to distract the suspect. Traffic also was blocked in the area.
If you believe you have seen the suspect, do not make contact with him. Instead call the West Hollywood Station at (310) 855-8850.