ANGEL — A Los Angeles clothing store owner says he will never reopen his shop after he was brutally beaten by an armed robber during an incident caught on video surveillance.
The robbery took place shortly before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at the KLOUDPUSHERZ clothing store, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Disturbing footage captured by a surveillance camera inside the small business shows the two assailants beating a man on the floor during a prolonged struggle.
One of the suspects is seen holding an automatic pistol.
A second victim is later seen in the video after apparently being injured in an off-camera altercation. He passed out as the robbers continued to attack the first victim, whose blood spilled eventually splattered on the floor.
Franky Serano, owner of KLOUDPUSHERZ, was hospitalized with multiple injuries, including skull and nose fractures and a broken finger.
She didn't want to show her scarred face for her on-camera interview on Monday, but shared a few photos with our sister station, ABC7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles, showing her injuries. He had several staples to his scalp after being hit several times with a gun.
Serano has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home under the care of his mother with his girlfriend, Ivana Octaviani.
He set up a GoFundMe to help pay his medical bills, which has raised over $10,000 in donations.
“I went into the shop on Thursday when the police were there, saw so much blood on the floor. I didn't even want to go in,” said Octaviani.
The suspects only stole what was on Serano, including his watch, bracelet and chain.
Afterwards, surveillance video from outside the store showed the assailants running into a sedan parked nearby. They were last seen heading south on Main Street in a car that had tinted windows.
Octaviani said he moved from LA days before the attacks because he was worried about the rise in crime in the city.
After the unimaginable abuse his girlfriend endured, he said he had no plans to open his shop again.
“I said, ‘What do you want to do with the store?' He said, ‘I'm never going to step foot into that shop again.'”
Octaviani hopes sharing the video of the attack will help police catch the suspects.
“This was not just a simple robbery, they almost killed him,” he said. “Literally nearly killed him. He was lucky not to have brain damage.”
The suspects are described as two men, both wearing hooded T-shirts.
To visit Serano's GoFundMe, Click here.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the authorities.