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LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Long Beach police are seeking the public's help finding two armed suspects who beat and pistol-whipped a street vendor and fled in a tan Mercedes Benz coupe.

Video released by police show the two men chasing after a vendor, pushing him to the ground and punching and kicking him, then robbing him.

When bystanders try to help, one of the suspects waves a gun at them. Police say the suspect also used the gun to strike the vendor.

They got away with cash and a cellphone.

The two suspects fled the scene in a tan Mercedes-Benz coupe, shown in photos released by police.

Two suspects in the beating and robbery of a Long Beach street vendor fled in this tan Mercedes coupe, police say.

Long Beach PD

The incident happened on Sunday around 4:20 p.m. in the 1400 block of Locust Avenue.

Video and a description of the suspects is available on YouTube here.

Anyone with information is asked to call LBPD Robbery Detective Eric Hubbard at (562) 570-7464. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting

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Hisham al-Hashimi, 47, was shot near his home in the Zeyouneh area of Baghdad and pronounced dead at a hospital, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Al-Hashimi was a respected security analyst who appeared regularly on Iraqi television and whose expertise was sought out by government officials, journalists and researchers.

Weeks before his death, al-Hashimi had told confidantes he feared Iran-backed militia groups were targeting him. He was known to be critical of militia activity.

His death comes as the government grapples with a spate of rocket attacks targeting U.S. interests in the country believed to be orchestrated by Iran-backed militia groups. A raid last week detained 14 members of the powerful Kataib Hezbollah group. All but one were released.

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