WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced that Kisu Brown, 42, was charged on Friday, September 8 after attacking another individual with an ax at a 7/11 convenience store located on the 7900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard on September 2 at 4:05 a.m. He was confronted by a clerk at a West Hollywood convenience store for allegedly shoplifting. A customer in the store offered to pay for the items Brown stole, prosecutors noted.
Deputies from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station spotted Brown near Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard at approximately 9:37 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5. He arrested him without incident.
The LADA’s Office noted, Brown allegedly confronted the Good Samaritan for offering to pay and a struggle ensued inside the store. He reportedly exited the establishment, but stopped outside the door. When the victim exited the establishment, Brown allegedly attacked him with an ax and struck him repeatedly on the head, prosecutors added. The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.
Brown pleaded not guilty to one count each of attempted murder and aggravated mayhem. Prosecutors allege that the suspect inflicted great bodily injury on the victim during the commission of the crime. Brown has a long criminal history which includes prior convictions for receiving stolen property in 1999, second-degree commercial burglary in 2003, assault with a deadly weapon, an automobile, in 2005, petty theft with priors in 2008, and petty theft and possession of cocaine in 2013.
He is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday, October 3 in Department 31 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Airport Branch, to set a date for a preliminary hearing.
Bail was set at $1.1 million and the suspect faces a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison. The case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, West Hollywood Station.
A video of the attack is included with this piece. Viewer discretion is advised due to the graphic content.