SFPD arrests suspects in fatal beating of homeless man

San Francisco police have arrested two suspects in connection with the brutal, fatal beating of a homeless man in the Financial District two years ago that left The City stunned.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 23, 2014, officers responded to a report of an assault victim laying under a blanket and found Tai Thaun Lam, 67, on the ground and suffering from blunt force trauma injuries all over his body.

Lam was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died.

Police said at the time that the suspects used no weapon during the “savage attack” but that after attacking him once, they came back not long after and resumed the attack.

San Francisco police Sgt. John Cagney said at the time the attack “was one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Lam reportedly weighed less than 100 pounds and stood at 5-foot-5. Merchants and others who knew him said he kept to himself and was not troublesome, police said.

 Tai Lam was killed while sleeping in a sleeping bag in a Financial District alley on Nov. 23, 2014. (Courtesy SFPD)
Tai Lam was killed while sleeping in a sleeping bag in a Financial District alley on Nov. 23, 2014. (Courtesy SFPD)

The San Francisco Police Department’s Homicide and Special Investigation investigators eventually learned the identity of the suspects, and on Sept. 22 arrested 21-year-old Joseph Stull of Idaho. Stull had been in custody Kootenai County Jail in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for an unrelated criminal offense.

Then, last week, San Francisco police traveled to Stockton and arrested David Peters, 21, on Oct. 25.

Stull and Peters have been booked into San Francisco county jail o suspicion of murder, robbery, elder abuse and mayhem.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on this case to contact the San Francisco Police Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text-a-Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.


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