A pair of brothers who own the XL Grindhouse restaurant in Oldtown Salinas are accused of beating a homeless man last month, leaving him comatose for several days.
Salinas police arrested Robert and James DeLeon, who own the restaurant and bar just a couple doors away from the National Steinbeck Center. The men, 43 and 32, respectively, were booked into Monterey County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder.
"The victim had sustained some serious injuries to his face and head," Salinas police Cmdr. David Crabill said of the victim, known as Ramon, according to KION Central Coast News.
"Ramon," who is tall, lanky and often sports an overgrown Afro, has walked the streets of Oldtown for years.
Police say the DeLeon brothers had become angry with the 55-year-old homeless man for chronically loitering outside their business. On Oct. 11, the business-owning brothers handed Ramon a beating bad enough to land him in a coma.
Two days later, a concerned citizen spoke with the victim and, after concluding he wasn't acting right, called the police.
The responding officer, believing the man had been seriously hurt, called for medical rescue workers.
The victim told police and rescuers that he'd been beating near the XL Grindhouse, police said.
After going to a local hospital, his condition quickly deteriorated, and he slipped into a coma, police said.
Crews flew the man to a Bay Area trauma center where he remained unconscious for several days. Police did not immediately disclose the man's condition but said he remains hospitalized in the Bay Area, The Salinas Californian reported.
Police arrested the brothers Wednesday without a hassle.