Man Arrested in Temple City ATM Attack on 79-Year-Old Grandfather
An arrest has been made in connection with an attack at a Temple City ATM machine that left a grandfather unconscious, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced early Wednesday.
Eric Clayton Khun, 25, was taken into custody Tuesday after investigators served a search and arrest warrant at his Temple City residence, a Sheriff’s Department’s news release said.
Evidence allegedly linked Khun to the Valentine’s Day beating of 79-year-old Raul Fonseca, who told KTLA earlier this week that he was waiting in line to use the Bank of America ATM located in the 9500 block of Las Tunas Drive at around 7 p.m. when he was attacked.
An agitated man had approached the group and started screaming when Fonseca made eye contact with him, the grandfather from San Gabriel said.
“He looked savage, like a lion,” Fonseca said Monday night of his attacker. “He was crazy.”
Khun then allegedly pushed the victim, which caused him to fall into the street, according to the release. Fonseca lost consciousness after his head was struck.
One witness told investigators that the victim had been pushed to the ground, and that he was subsequently punched and kicked, sheriff’s officials said.
Fonseca was recovering from serious bruises he sustained to his head, face, back and right arm and hand.
A motive for the assault was not known.
Detectives identified Khun as the suspect after “working several investigative leads,” the release stated.
No further details were released, as the Sheriff’s Department said the incident remained under investigation.