Police investigate another homeless attack in East Village
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police were investigating reports of another homeless attack in East Village Wednesday morning.
The victim told police he was struck in the back of the head with a hammer by someone on a blue bike while he was walking down G St. near 8th Ave. in the East Village neighborhood of San Diego just after 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali. The victim was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition.
Although the most recent attack is not believed to be related, police said, the homeless community has been on high alert since a series of attacks began Fourth of July weekend. The man suspected in four attacks on the homeless was released from police custody Monday. Three of the victims have since died, one remains in grave condition.
San Diego police said they had exculpatory evidence that led them to release Anthony Padgett Monday, but authorities said the investigation was ongoing.
A suspect was seen in surveillance video buying gasoline at a convenience store shortly before the body of the first victim, 53-year-old Angelo De Nardo of San Diego, was found in flames Sunday morning in an open area off the 2700 block of Morena Boulevard in Bay Park, San Diego police Capt. David Nisleit told reporters. An autopsy determined that De Nardo died prior to being set on fire.
Manuel Mason, 61, was found wounded in an area near Valley View Casino Center in the Midway district shortly before 5 a.m. on the Fourth of July. Mason remains hospitalized in grave condition, police said.
Less than 90 minutes after the assault on Mason, 41-year-old Shawn Longley was found dead at a park on Bacon Street in Ocean Beach.
About 5 a.m. Wednesday, 23-year-old Dionico Derek Vahidy was gravely injured in the area of Broadway and State St., after a towel he was sleeping under was doused with a flammable liquid and set ablaze, according to police. Vahidy died Sunday from his injuries.
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Anyone with information about the attacks is asked to call police at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (888) 580-8477.
This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.