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LAPD seeks public's help in slaying of man riding scooter in Hollywood

LAPD homicide detectives investigating the death of a man attacked while riding a scooter in Hollywood are asking for the public's help in identifying his assailant.

Louie Rodriguez, 54, was attacked about 12:40 a.m. Sept. 21 near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, the LAPD said.

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He was riding his motorized scooter after attending the annual Hollywood Music Festival when he was punched by a man, police said, causing him to fall backward and hit his head.

The suspect left the scene on foot, authorities said. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics took Rodriguez to a nearby hospital. He died Monday as a result of his injuries.

The motive for the attack is unknown. Authorities are looking for a man believed to be about 23 years old, 6 feet tall with a lean build, and ear expanders in both ears.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Bureau Homicide Dets. Fernando Rivas or Jose Robledo at (213) 382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) 527-3247.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to 274637. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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