Police are looking for a man suspected of running over and injuring a pedestrian as he fled downtown Los Angeles with a stolen vehicle earlier this year, officials said on Tuesday.
The hit-and-run collision happened around 8:35 p.m. on February 20, after a man stole a 2001 Toyota Tundra on Seventh and Figueroa streets and was driving away, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. .
The van ran over the pedestrian crossing the street at the intersection.
The driver continued, not stopping to rescue the critically injured woman, LAPD officials said. He then abandoned the truck a short distance in the area of ââBixel and Ingraham streets.
Paramedics responded to the scene of the collision and took the woman to hospital, where she was admitted with serious injuries.
She has since been released from hospital but still faces a long road to recovery, police said. LAPD shared photos of the victim in her hospital bed, where she was lying with a broken arm and visible injuries to her face.
Using DNA evidence left in the truck, detectives identified the driver as 30-year-old Tajon Wright Freeman, according to LAPD.
Police said DNA evidence also linked Freeman to a reported case of criminal vandalism in the West Los Angeles area.
Freeman now faces charges of serious auto theft, hit-and-run and vandalism, authorities said. On August 20, two felony arrest warrants were issued against him.
But detectives couldn’t find Freeman.
The LAPD issued a bulletin on Tuesday with photos of the suspect, in hopes that members of the public will lead the police to his whereabouts.
They warned that Freeman is considered armed and dangerous. âDon’t approach him if you see him,â LAPD said.
Police described Freeman as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing around 150 pounds with tattoos on his chest, arms and neck. Police said the suspect was homeless and frequented MacArthur Park and the Metro Redline system.
Anyone who sees Freeman is asked to immediately call 911. Those with information can contact the LAPD Campo Central Traffic Detective at 213-833-3713 or [email protected]
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