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Roy Stephen Joseph, 68

Roy Stephen Joseph, a 68-year-old black man, died Tuesday, March 22, after he was assaulted near West 7th and South Spring streets in downtown, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

On March 10 about 4 a.m., Los Angeles police officers responded to the area for a battery investigation, according to a statement from the LAPD. Joseph was found unconscious in the street, suffering from head trauma.

Joseph was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:23 p.m. on March 22, according to coroner’s records.

Investigators believe that Joseph got into an argument with a man who punched him in the head. Joseph then fell and hit his head on the curb.

Police described one of the suspects as a black man who is 6 feet tall and weights about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

A white woman who is 5 feet 4 inches and about 150 pounds is also believed to have been involved. She has blond hair.

There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the crime.

Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD Det. Doug Pierce or Officer Brian Putnam at (213) 996-1891 or (213) 996-1889. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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