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Homeless man attacked for calling himself Jesus Christ

March 6, 2009 |  8:05 am

Suspected street-gang members attacked a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk out of annoyance that he calls himself Jesus Christ, San Diego police said.

Three men approached the 51-year-old man Thursday night in the San Ysidro neighborhood and began berating him, police said. When he stood up, one of them allegedly pulled out a box-cutter and slashed the man repeatedly on the head and face.

The three fled, leaving the man gushing blood. He was taken to a local hospital suffering deep and cuts. The case is being investigated by the San Diego Police Department gang unit.

-- Tony Perry

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