GRAPHIC VIDEO: Homeless shoplifter attacks man with hatchet after he offers to pay for stolen items

Police say the victim’s hand was nearly chopped in half

A homeless man is accused of attacking a man with a hatchet after he offered to pay for the suspect’s stolen items

The Los Angeles Times reports that Kisu Brown, 41, was arrested Tuesday in connection with Saturday morning’s alleged assault. Authorities said the unidentified victim is currently in stable condition after suffering a crushed skull and a severe hand laceration.

The incident occurred outside a 7-Eleven in West Hollywood, California. Surveillance footage appears to show Brown brandishing a double-edged hatchet and hitting the victim several times before running off. At one point, another shopper tries to assist the fallen man as Brown continues to bludgeon him.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies told the newspaper that Kisu was accused of stealing food from the convenience store. Attempting to defuse the situation, the man offered to pay for the items, which further incensed Kisu. A brief scuffle ensued between the pair in the 7-Eleven, leading Brown to exit the store with the man following not far behind.

At Tuesday’s news conference, Sgt. Jeff Bishop said the victim’s hand “was nearly chopped in half” as he attempted to shield himself from the hatchet’s blows. He claimed that doctors relieved pressure on his skull by placing a tube in his head, according to WREG.

“What you think you’re doing is a nice and generous thing, and somebody just takes it out on you like this. [It’s] incomprehensible,” Seargent Bishop commented. “Very unfortunate.”

He also mentioned that Brown is a well-known “violent” transient with numerous felony convictions, including assault with a deadly weapon.

Los Angeles Police announced on Facebook that Brown is charged with attempted murder and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

His next court date is scheduled for September 7.

WARNING: The following video footage is extremely disturbing and graphic. Please use discretion.

West Hollywood Station Assault with a Deadly Weapon Suspect Wa…

*2nd UPDATE* #LASD – WHD Station: Assault with a Deadly Weapon Suspect Kisu Brown **ARRESTED**Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Sheriff's Station personnel advises they have arrested Kisu Brown. Suspect Brown assaulted a man Saturday, September 2, 2017, in the 7900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, at approximately 4:05 a.m., and fled the scene. Deputies from West Hollywood Station saw Suspect Brown near Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard at approximately 9:37 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. They arrested him without incident. Suspect Brown was booked at West Hollywood Station for attempt murder. He is due in court on September 7, 2017 and is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. There is no further information at this time.___________________________________________________________________________________2nd UPDATED PRESS RELEASE IS AS FOLLOWS:*UPDATE* #LASD – WHD Station: Assault with a Deadly Weapon Suspect **WANTED** (Video Attached, Viewer discretion is advised due to the graphic content). West Hollywood Station detectives are continuing their investigation into the assault with a deadly weapon call that occurred Saturday, September 2, 2017, in the 7900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, at approximately 4:05 A.M. With the help of the community and through investigative efforts, West Hollywood Detectives have identified the suspect. The suspect Kisu Bradey Brown is described as a 41 year-old, male, Black, 6’00”, 190 lbs., black hair, and brown eyes. He is a local transient and frequents the areas of Hollywood and West Hollywood.Attached is video surveillance showing the brutal attack. Viewer discretion is advised due to the graphic content. This suspect should be considered ARMED & DANGEROUS. If you believe you have seen the suspect, DO NOT make contact. Please call 9-1-1 or West Hollywood station Sergeant Bishop at (310) 855-8850.To read the full story and to see photos of the suspect please visit

Posted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, September 5, 2017


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