Long Beach Man, 72, Dies After Attack

Police say Miguel Lopez was found lying in the street near Alamitos Avenue Aug. 21 and later died.

A 72-year-old Long Beach man has died of injuries he suffered in an Aug. 21 attack that left him in the roadway near Alamitos Avenue and New York Street, police said.

Officers found Miguel Lopez, the victim of a battery, laying injured in the street Tuesday, Aug. 21, at about 11:50 a.m. that day, and reported that he suffered upper body injuries.

Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Massacani said Lopez was taken by paramedics to a nearby hospital where he was listed in critical condition, initially. Late Thursday night, August 23, at approximately 11:40 p.m. Lopez, a Long Beach resident, passed away, Massacani said in a news release. 

"The investigation revealed that the man had been the victim of a battery, and was left in the road after the suspect injured him," Massacani wrote. "The suspect, described as a black adult male, was last seen walking southbound on Alamitos Avenue."

Those with information about this incident are asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch or Donald Goodman at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips via text or web may be submitted by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

Don Kinney September 02, 2012 at 08:15 PM
We are going to see more of these types of attacks. Clearly, a sign of the times.
Nancy Wride (Editor) September 02, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Can you explain? Thanks.
lv2bsnwbrdn September 02, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Albeit Don means that due to the ever increasing difficult economic burden that citizens are facing, many are resorting to burglary, theft, assaults etc. as means to survive or to finance personal habits.
Nancy Wride (Editor) September 02, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Interesting theory for the attack, theft.
S.A.P. September 02, 2012 at 10:37 PM
How did the suspect profit economically from assaulting Miguel Lopez? The article did not mention robbery. Might we be just blaming bad behavior on economics without any evidence?
RON LITTLE September 03, 2012 at 02:59 AM
I spoke with a elder man on the Venice board ,he said he had been mugged 3 times on Rose ave,lots of homeless desperate people who will do anything to anyone when on one is looking!!!!
j ferdez September 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
This type of attacks are now starting to occur in the state of Arizona, more and more, anti immigrant groups know that latinos are afraid of police


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