A 34-year-old man suffered a mangled foot Monday when four people who beat and tried to rob him threw him in front of a locomotive, Los Angeles police said.
Humberto Arias, 34, of El Sereno was in serious condition at County-USC Medical Center, with a partial amputation of his right foot.
Arias, an unemployed laborer, was walking home on Valley Boulevard from a friend's house about 1:45 a.m. when he noticed that four people--three men and a woman--were following him, Hollenbeck Division Detective John Munguia said. "They followed him quite a while, for about half a mile. Then they started throwing rocks at him," Munguia said.
Arias ran across the boulevard and onto the railroad tracks, "to hide," Munguia said. But the four followed and caught up with him when he apparently stumbled.