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Man Beaten to Death With Baseball Bat Inside Lakewood Walmart, Suspect Being Questioned

A 74-year-old man was fatally beaten with a baseball bat in the sporting goods section of a Walmart store in Lakewood on Tuesday afternoon.

* Sheriff's homicide detectives update suspect's age.

A 46-year-old man was being questioned by authorities tonight in connection with the death of a 74-year-old man who was beaten to death with a baseball bat in the sporting goods section of a Walmart store in Lakewood this afternoon.

A man was taken into custody, said sheriff's homicide Lt. Eddie Hernandez.

Sheriff's deputies were sent to the store at 2770 Carson St. at 4:47
p.m. Tuesday on an assault with a deadly weapon call, Hernandez told City News Service.

Hernandez told KCAL9 witnesses saw that the victim "lying on the floor
unresponsive and had injuries to his head.''

Witness Jennifer Thompson told KCAL9 she was one aisle over when she
heard the beating.

"It was very scary. very, very scary, to hear the noise of someone's
life being taken away is very sad,'' Thompson told KCAL9. "Noises like moans
and groans...you could hear when he hit him. It was awful, so awful. And then I
went around the corner and peaked...and he just walked out like it was
nothing.''

Walmart security detained the suspect until officers arrived, Hernandez
said.

Several witnesses told KCAL9 that they heard the suspect ask the victim
for money and was told no before the attack.

"Witnesses have drawn the conclusion that the suspect is homeless,''
Hernandez said. "We haven't confirmed that.''

According to KCAL9, customers and staff were ushered out of the store
and told not to talk to reporters.

The suspect was detained at the sheriff's Lakewood Station for further
investigation, Hernandez said.

- City News Service

Anthony j Anthony November 05, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Charge all who heard and did nothing ,plus security,store manager and the punk who killed the man with first degree murder with special circumstances.
Setiva November 06, 2011 at 01:28 AM
That's so sad! What happened to respect for our elders?
Terence Conrad November 07, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Well this lowlife homeless will not be homeless anymore, he'll live in the big house and hopefully in hell soon!
Lisa Rayne November 08, 2011 at 07:10 PM
the perp is a mexican illegal
al November 09, 2011 at 05:22 PM
No the perp was a lazy homeless white guy, get a job loser,
Matthew November 10, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Does it really matter what race the murderer is? The man was obviously targeting the weak and helpless. What he needs is to be jacked up in Prison rightfully so. I hope prison guards turn their back when he is beatin to death.
Dresia Vaughn January 06, 2012 at 10:27 PM
That's exactly why, you cannot trust anyone. Yeah, put a little trust in people, but do not allow your heart to fully trust anyone, that way, you won't be disappointed when you do get disappointed. The Bible does read, "Trust no man" and there is exellent reason why this is written in this book.. These Bastards, need to go the toughest jail for life and get the whippings they so deserve. Along with jail time, cut off one of their hands so they won't raise another bat to beat someone else again. Let them LOW LIFE, SELFISH, IGNORANT, MONSTERS OUT, THEY WILL DO THE SAME DAM THING TO SOMEONE ELSE. It's so hard to forgive people like these kinds of people. I say, beat their &*^&* something terrible and then we can forgive them, but keep them behind bars where they belong since they are not humans.

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