A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the vicious beating of a senior citizen at a Buena Park bus stop after being involved in a similar incident in another part of Orange County, police announced Friday.
The Buena Park Police Department began an investigation on Wednesday, after the suspect -- identified as Kenneth Heimlich of Placentia -- allegedly shoved the 65-year-old man to the ground and began assaulting him, according to a police statement.
Heimlich was apparently embroiled in a verbal argument around 8:15 a.m. at the corner of Beach Boulevard and Orangethorpe Avenue when the dispute turned violent.
Witnesses told police the man repeatedly kicked and stomped the victim in the head, beating him unconscious, the statement read.
"It was a one-sided beatdown, is what it was," Sgt. Mike Lovchik told KTLA. "The victim was completely helpless on the ground ... there was no fight in this whatsoever, it was completely uncalled for."
The attacker then stole the victim's bicycle and rode away from the scene, police said.
The victim suffered serious head injuries and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition; he has since been placed in a medically-induced coma.
Hours after the assault, police released video of the incident and a surveillance image as they sought to identify a suspect in the case.
At the time, they didn't know that a similar attack involving the same suspect had taken place in Fullerton after the first incident, according to authorities.
Lovchik did not have much information about the second attack, describing it only as a "similar brutal assault type of situation that was completely unwarranted.”
The Fullerton Police Department arrested Heimlich after the second incident. But it wasn't until Thursday evening, after Buena Park police released the footage of the incident in their city, that investigators in both departments were able to connect the two crimes, according to Lovchik.
On Friday morning, Buena Park police confirmed Heimlich was also the suspect in their case.
He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, likely in both cases, Lovchik said.
Heimlich was booked at the Orange County Jail and is being held on $100,000 bail.