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Authorities seek help in investigating 'brutal' Lancaster beating

July 12, 2012 |  1:51 pm

Sheriff’s officials in Lancaster said Thursday they are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspected assailant or assailants who beat a man so viciously he lapsed into a coma before being able to tell authorities what happened to him.

In the early hours of July 1, Lancaster deputies were called to Sierra Highway and Avenue J-2  in Lancaster where they found a man who authorities said had been “brutally beaten” and “in need of immediate medical attention.”

The victim, described as a 52-year-old black man, was transported to a local hospital but slipped into a coma before revealing details of the attack, authorities said.

According to a statement from Lancaster sheriff’s officials, the extent and nature of the victim’s injuries indicated he was possibly assaulted by more than one person. The location of the attack is unclear, authorities said.

Anyone with information about this crime or the alleged assailants is asked to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at (661)-948-8466. Tips can also be called in anonymously to LA Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.


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