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LAPD arrests man suspected of brutal attacks on two women near Venice canals

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Los Angeles police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the brutal attacks of two women near Venice’s canals.

Anthony Jones was arrested Thursday evening in San Diego. Jones is suspected of hitting the women with a hard object, leaving them both unconscious. Police also said there was a sexual element to the attacks, but no further details were released.

It was unclear what led police to identify Jones as a suspect. At a news conference on Friday, Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said Jones has been returned to Los Angeles and charges are pending. Jones is being held in lieu of $3.25 million bail, according to jail records.

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The first incident occurred on Saturday, April 6, around 10:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Strongs Drive, when the suspect approached a woman walking from behind and struck her in the head with a hard object, rendering her unconscious.

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About an hour later, the second woman was attacked in a “similar manner” near the Sherman Canal, police said. Both victims suffered significant injuries.

Anyone with additional information about the attacks or additional victims wishing to come forward is urged to contact LAPD Special Assault detectives at 213-473-0447.

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