Culver City Man Charged With Assault


December 29, 2016

A Culver City man accused in an attack on a transient at a Metro station in Hollywood last week was charged Monday with felony assault.

James Anthony Hanson, 32, allegedly punched a 59-year-old homeless man in the face at the Hollywood/Vine Metro Station on Tuesday Dec 13. He has been charged with felony assault.

The attack was without apparent provocation. Hanson pleaded not guilty to assault likely to produce great bodily injury and an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury. Hanson is due back in court on Jan. 3 to get a date for a preliminary hearing that will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. He is currently being held on $60,000 bail.

Deputies and paramedics responding to the scene didn't find a victim, suspect or any witnesses who would speak to them, according to transit police.

A witness captured a cell phone video of Hanson sucker punching the victim at the Metro Red Line station at Hollywood and Vine.

Authorities made contact with a witness who posted a video of the attack to his Facebook page.

News reports about the attack prompted the victim, identified by police and prosecutors as a transient, to come forward. He made a report and was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that he suffered.

Transit authorities said the coverage also helped generate tips that ultimately led investigators to Hanson.


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