Skip to Content

Video Captured Robbery Attack that Left Oaxacan Street Vendor Badly Beaten

Police are investigating a horrible group robbery attack against a street vendor that was caught by a surveillance camera, showing how Pedro Daniel Reyes was assaulted and chased before he fell in the street surrounded by his attackers.

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $143,000 for Reyes after he was left with severe injuries, including a broken jaw.

The vendor was getting ready to sell peanuts on Sunday when two cars pulled up near him on East 31st Street near San Pedro Street. The robbers demanded Reyes and other vendors give them money, according to the GoFundMe page set up by a man identified as Reyess stepson. Reyes gave the men money, the page says, but was still beaten.

The attack took place shortly after 5 am in a section of Historic South-Central, east of the 110 freeway and south of the 10. In the footage, two vehicles drive up to a row of parked vehicles where vendors are gathered. A group of people emerge from the cars, pulled over hoodies, and appear to attack the people on the sidewalk.

Reyes is seen trying to run away from the group before he is punched and chased. After falling to the street, the vendor is motionless as the attackers empty his pockets.

For him, selling peanuts is his rest day just to make ends meet, a relative told KTLAHe depends on his job and his able body to be able to work, and now hes not going to be able to work.

LAPD Lt. David Krumer told Fox 5 the suspects are believed to be five to six African-American men and one African-American woman. City Councilmember Curren Price Jr. proposed and a motion passed by the City Council to offer a $25,000 reward for any information leading to arrests in the case.

Reyes, who is in his 50s, is from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. He does roofing Monday through Saturday and sells fruit and peanuts on Sundays. Reyes has no health insurance, the GoFundMe account states. The vendor underwent surgery on Monday.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time,” LAPD officer Drake Madison told LA Taco on Wednesday.

* Daniel Hernandez contributed to this report.

SEE ALSO: Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Dragged Pedestrian For Blocks in Arlington Heights

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

Protester Whose Testicle Exploded After LAPD Officer Shot Him with ‘Less Lethal’ Firearm Receives $1.5 Million Settlement

Benjamin Montemayor had been protesting on Hollywood Boulevard for several hours on June 2, 2020, when at least 50 police officers descended upon his group and began firing munitions at the crowd, according to his civil rights lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court.

May 17, 2024

Westlake’s Oldest Gay Bar Set to be Demolished

Opened in the early 1960s, the Silver Platter has long been known as a safe space for immigrant gay and transgender communities in Westlake. The building dates back to the 1920s.

May 17, 2024

What To Eat This Weekend Around L.A.: Salvadoran Fried Chicken Sandwiches, 48-Hour Pho, and Tacos Placeros

Plus, a new Enrique Olvera-approved monthly "mercadito" in D.T.L.A., a new arepa spot with patacon burgers that use fried plaintains for buns, and more in this week's roundup.

May 17, 2024

The 13 Best Tacos In Boyle Heights

Boyle Heights is arguably the city’s most important local taco galaxy in the larger taco universe that is Los Angeles. Remember, this is Boyle Heights! It's not East L.A., and it is most definitely not just some vague place known as “the Eastside.”

May 16, 2024

Here Are All the Restaurants (and the One Taquería In the Entire Country That Got a Star) On Michelin’s First Ever Mexico Guide

Europe's Michelin Guide recognized both Baja Californias, Quintana Roo, Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Nuevo Léon. Most of the usual nice restaurants got stars, but there were some questionable omissions. Also, in a country teeming with life-changing street food, only one taquería in the entire country was awarded "1 star."

May 15, 2024
See all posts