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Colton couple's naked alleged attacker is said to be mentally ill

December 9, 2011 |  7:50 am

The naked bodybuilder who allegedly attacked a husband and wife in Colton has a history of learning disabilities and in the weeks leading to the attack showed signs of a mental illness.

Family members told the San Bernardino Sun that Ruben Arzu, 22, was diagnosed with mental retardation at an early age. The disability prevented Arzu from graduating high school, and in the eighth grade, school officials determined he had the mentality of a third- or fourth-grader, according to the Sun.

Still, Arzu lived a normal life with his daughter and with fiancee Denise Mainez, 24, who is pregnant with their second child, a son.

Recently, Arzu told family members he was hearing voices. In his sleep he started yelling and speaking in demonic voices.  His mother and aunt took turns watching over him at night. 

They told the Sun that they reached out to mental health professionals but were turned away because Arzu hadn't caused harm to himself or others.

Arzu was charged Thursday with assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury and resisting a peace officer. 

Colton police said that Arzu, who was naked, was on the couple's front porch when they arrived home Saturday and "violently attacked" Louise and Leo Rubio in the 1100 block of North Pennsylvania Avenue.

The couple's injuries required hospitalization.


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