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Police seek couple in videotaped hit-and-run case

Los Angeles police looking for additional clues released a video Monday showing a man being repeatedly run over and dragged by a car, but somehow surviving.

The graphic surveillance video shows a white SUV accelerating toward a man standing in the parking lot of Jerry’s Liquor store in 4200 block of South Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles.

After ramming the 48-year-old man, the vehicle runs over him and then backs over him.

As the vehicle backs over the man, it also drags him.

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The driver makes a turn and flees the scene.

Police said they are looking for a man and woman who they believe were involved in the Aug. 1 attack.

In the video, the couple appeared to be walking around the liquor store moments before the assault, which police say was a murder attempt.

Police believe the man exchanged words with the victim, threw a bottle at him and assaulted him before entering his car and running him down, LAPD Det. Alfredo Reyes said.

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“He is definitely trying to kill someone,” Reyes said.

The victim, he said, doesn’t remember much about the attack.

The man survived the attack, but suffered life-altering injuries, Reyes said.

Recovering has been slow for the man, who is a native of Guatemala. But he is surprisingly in “good spirits,” Reyes said.

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Police asked the public to the share the video, which they posted to their LAPD Southwest Community Police Station Facebook page.

“Please share so we can bring these suspects to justice,” they wrote on their Facebook page.

The two-door white SUV did not have a roof rack and had a license plate on the rear bumper.

Anyone with details about the attack is urged to call Reyes at (323) 290-4846 or (213) 485-2561.

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