18-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Murder After Man, 71, Is Beaten With Aluminum Bat in Santa Ana

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Samuel Elijah Alvarez is shown in a booking photo provided by Santa Ana police on Feb. 11, 2016.

Samuel Elijah Alvarez is shown in a booking photo provided by Santa Ana police on Feb. 11, 2016.

An 18-year-old has been charged with using an aluminum bat to severely beat a 71-year-old grandfather who touched his car at a Santa Ana gas station, prosecutors said.

Samuel Elijah Alvarez turned himself over to police nearly a week after the attack on Jose Chacon, authorities said. Alvarez, a Santa Ana resident, now faces attempted murder, aggravated assault, battery and weapons charges in connection with the attack, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

The offenses also carry sentencing allegations that could add more prison time if convicted. If Alvarez is found guilty on all charges, he could be sentenced to life in prison as well as an additional six years.

The attack occurred about 7:25 p.m. Feb. 7 when Chacon slipped and fell as he was walking to his car and accidentally touched Alvarez’s vehicle at a 76 gas station in the 4500 block of Westminster Avenue, police said. Alvarez got out of his car and confronted Chacon.

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