16 04 2008

Police seek suspect in death of transient beaten with crutch

The Associated Press

Article Launched: 04/15/2008

MercuryNews.com

http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8934330?nclick_check=1

San Diego—Police have identified a disabled homeless man who was beaten to death with his own crutch on a downtown San Diego street.

The 41-year-old man was seen arguing loudly with another man, who then grabbed the crutch and used it as a club. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead early Tuesday morning.

San Diego homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney says the victim’s name has not been released because authorities have located family members.

Police are searching for the suspect, who fled the scene on foot. Witnesses describe him as a Latino man about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a mustache and a sparse beard.

Rooney says investigators don’t know what prompted the argument.

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