Years after teens beat him in SF, man’s death investigated as homicide

A homicide investigation has been launched into the recent death of a man who a group of teenagers may have beaten with a baseball bat three years ago in San Francisco, police confirmed Monday.

The man, whose name has not been released, died outside of San Francisco on April 14 from complications related to injuries he suffered in the attack near the edge of the Mission District on March 27, 2015.

Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesperson, said the suspects assaulted the man at 24th Street and Potrero Avenue at around 8 p.m. Rueca said the attack appears to have been unprovoked, based on witness statements.

“The unusual thing is that we don’t have much information as to what was the cause for the four suspects wanting to assault the victim,” Rueca said. “He was just standing on the sidewalk and he was attacked by the suspects.”

The man, who was 36 at the time, lost consciousness at some point in the attack but later woke up. He was taken to the hospital and at the time was expected to survive.

The suspects fled the scene immediately on foot.

Rueca could not describe the suspects in detail, but soon after the beating, police said they were boys between the ages of 16 and 18.

Police also said at the time that the man suffered a laceration to his scalp and possible head injury.

Police have not made an arrest in the case.

Rueca said the homicide was the 14th in San Francisco in 2018 at the time of the man’s death. There have been 26 homicides so far this year in The City, including three fatal shootings last week in the Mission, Tenderloin and Bayview-Hunters Point.

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