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Orange County man found severely beaten

May 14, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A wife makes an emotional plea to find the person who savagely beat her husband. He was on his way to get ice cream for his children when he was attacked. The beating happened Tuesday on the 26000 block of Calle Santa Barbara in San Juan Capistrano. Orange County Bureau Chief Eileen Frere has the latest on the investigation and the man's condition.

Gamaliel Lozada remains in a coma. The 32-year-old was savagely beaten outside his home in San Juan Capistrano as he headed to the store to buy ice cream for his children.

Lozada's wife has been at his side at a hospital in Mission Viejo since the attack occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Speaking in Spanish, she says she doesn't know who would do this. He had only a few dollars in his pockets when he went to the store. The next thing she knew, she heard sirens.

A neighborhood child had told her that her husband had been hit by a vehicle. Looking more closely, authorities noticed it was not a car accident.

"We're not sure if it's one of two suspects," said Jim Amormino, Orange County Sheriff's Dept. spokesman. "We do know that blunt force was used. He was hit over the head several times with some type of a blunt force instrument, possibly a baseball bat or something of that nature, because he does have massive head trauma."

Lozada has two daughters, 2 and 5 years old, and another child in Mexico. His wife says she doesn't know of any enemies or threats against her husband. She says he's a hard-working man, works at a grocery store, and otherwise spends the rest of his time with his family.

"We're talking about a senseless attack," said Amormino.

Authorities say Lozada has no gang ties and no criminal record.

Lozada remains in a medically induced coma to reduce swelling to his brain. His wife says he could remain this way for three weeks.

If you know who attacked him, call the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. at (866) TIP-OCSD.

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