A man was nearly beaten to death with skateboards in Huntington Beach, California, and remains in critical condition with life-threatening head injuries during Friday night’s attack.
Police arrested four teenagers who could face attempted murder charges. All four suspects are on probation for previous crimes.
Lt. Mitchell O’Brien of the Huntington Beach police department says the man and his girlfriend intervened in a fight between two groups at a crowded skate park.
The skateboarders then turned on the couple. O’Brien says the man was chased to a coin laundry across the street and beaten with skateboards.
O’Brian said that the four youths, ages 14 to 16, were booked at Juvenile Hall on suspicion of attempted murder and three others are being sought.
Sandy Nguyen, who works at the nail salon two doors down from Surf City Coin Laundry, said, “I was so scared. So I locked the door. They used their skateboards to beat the boy in the head.”
Witness Erik Yslas saw a group of kids run through the parking lot. “I saw four people running into the parking lot, didn’t know what was going on at first. I spin to my left and saw all the cops right there.”
Dave Sumner said, “It looked like every cop in Huntington Beach was here, seemed like. At 11:30 [p.m.] there were still a lot of cops all over the parking lot.”
The victim’s identity is being withheld while police continue the investigation, said the Huntington Beach authorities.