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BMW driver sought in road rage attack

Beverly Hills police are seeking the public's help in tracking down the driver of a BMW who is captured on video steering his car into a bicyclist, pinning him against a metal trash bin.

Police said they consider the hit-and-run to be a road rage incident and are seeking the driver on suspicion of attempted murder.

Since April 3, police have been looking for the driver of a newer model, white BMW 328i that was captured on video hitting a bicyclist in an alley in the 9000 block of Wilshire Boulevard.

The driver is described as a white or Middle Eastern male in his mid-30s with dark hair, dark eyes and a thin build, police said.

"The driver intentionally rammed the bicyclist with his vehicle, pinning him to a metal rolling trash bin," the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement.

The driver fled the scene, in an alley off Wilshire Boulevard between Wetherly and Almont drives.

The bicyclist, whom police have not identified, told investigators that the incident was sparked by a fight he had earlier with the driver, according to police.

"The bicyclist punched the driver in the face," police said, adding that the driver then "threatened to kill the victim and followed him" into the alley.

The cyclist was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Eric Hyon at (310) 285-2156.

andrew.blankstein@latimes.com

joe.serna@latimes.com

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