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Police: Woman randomly attacked, severely injured in downtown Las Vegas

Updated Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 | 6:45 p.m.

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This is a sketch of a man wanted in the beating of a woman in downtown Las Vegas.

Metro Police are trying to identify a man they say beat a woman walking in downtown Las Vegas so badly that medics initially didn’t think she would survive.

The apparently random attack was reported about 1 a.m. Nov. 1 near 11th Street and Bridger Avenue, Metro Capt. Andy Walsh said.

The 59-year-old woman was found in the street with severe facial injuries, including a broken jaw, Walsh said. She wasn’t robbed or sexually assaulted, and she apparently did not know her attacker, Walsh said.

Several people witnessed the attack and provided first aid before medics arrived, Walsh said. Her prognosis has improved, but she hasn’t been able to speak to detectives.

During a briefing today near the crime scene, the woman’s husband pleaded with the public to “please come forward ... This guy was nothing but a coward.”

Police have not turned up any surveillance footage of the man, but detectives believe he may live in the area, Walsh said.

“No human being in our community should be found lying on the street,” Walsh said. “It could have happened to any of us.”

The attacker was described as a Hispanic man with a stocky-build, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 160 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 311. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or online at