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4 men severely beat 55-year-old man

October 24, 2008 2:10:39 PM PDT
Four suspects followed a 55-year-old man, severely beat him and stole his dentures in downtown Long Beach, police said.The assault was so vicious that Long Beach detectives are looking to charge those involved with attempted murder, and they hope to find the suspects before they terrorize another citizen.

A surveillance camera from Taco Beach on Pine Avenue shows the attackers following the victim before attacking around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 19.

The grainy black-and-white video shows four men following a 55-year-old man. First, the suspects are seen with the man at Pine and Broadway. Moments later, the suspects catch up with the victim farther up the block where they beat the 55-year-old.

Witnesses said the men beat the victim, stomped on his chest, and even stole his dentures.

"Internal injuries, broken bones, severe facial injuries, and you know again, it was unprovoked, and so we're very anxious to identify who these suspects," said Officer Jackie Bezart, Long Beach Police Department.

The attack was so vicious that investigators are seeking attempted-murder charges against the four suspects. However, the men are still at large. Investigators hoping the release of the surveillance images may spur tips from the public.

"We have our video surveillance cameras down here, we patrol these areas very heavily, so we are confident that someone had to have seen something. And will be able to come forward to help us indentify who these suspects are," said Bezart.

"I work right down the street and I've always felt safe," said Long Beach resident Randi Haynes.

Haynes's attitude changed quickly when Eyewitness News told her about the beating.

"When I get off of work, there's usually other people with me and we walk to our cars together ... buddy system," said Haynes.

Others who frequent the same area of Long Beach describe more pressing safety concerns.

"I've had issues where I've called 911 a few times and they never showed up ... I still take a taxi even if I'm on Pine, and I live like three blocks away," said Louis Herrera, a Long Beach resident

The suspects have only been described as white or Hispanic men in their mid 20s, and one of the suspects used the name "Jason."

Anyone with information is urged to call the Long Beach Police Department at (562) 570-7370.


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