Investigators searching for suspect who attacked 3 transgender women

Los Angeles police said they’re close to identifying a suspect seen in a viral video attacking three transgender women in Hollywood.
1:28 | 08/20/20

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Jon, thank you. And now to the hate crime information in Hollywood. Three transgender woman attacked. We warn you, it is disturbing. Here's Matt Gutman. Reporter: Tonight, the LAPD says it's closing in on the suspect in this vicious apparent hate crime. This video, a 26-minute chronicle of harassment of three transgender women, right on the Hollywood walk of fame. The incident and the mockery. I think that's a dude. Reporter: Igniting a firestorm on social media. Eden Estrada, jasleen busanette, and Joselyn Allen say the man had been hassling them earlier, then he stole Estrada's phone. Initially we all chased after him to retrieve my phone, but bystanders around us started to make fun of us. And surrounded us and started throwing rocks, lighters, started calling us men. Reporter: Police say the suspect, armed with a metal bar, robbed Allen. And later struck busanet in the head with a bottle. According to the most recent FBI data released, hate crimes directed at transgender individuals increased 42% in one year. Because we're trans, nobody cared. Reporter: The LAPD is investigating this as a robbery and a hate crime. With the help of social media sleuths, detectives think they've identified the suspect, but he's not yet in custody. Matt, thank you.

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