Two men, 75 and 46, in hospital after brutal, targeted home invasion

 

Two men were beaten so badly with a baseball bat during a home
invasion that both have spent the past three days in a hospital,
and one remains unconscious and in critical condition.
Two men were beaten so badly with a baseball bat during a home invasion that both have spent the past three days in a hospital, and one remains unconscious and in critical condition.

Sometime before 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, at least one man entered a residence on the 1000 block of Montebello Drive near First Street and used a baseball bat to beat two men, a 75-year-old and a 46-year-old, police said. The suspect spoke in Spanish to the victims and no one else was in the home at the time of the attack, police said.

When police arrived at the residence, after receiving a call of a disturbance, they found the older man lying on a couch in the living room of his home with severe head injuries, police said. He is still currently unconscious and in critical condition at an area intensive care unit. The younger victim, a friend of the 75-year-old, was lying in the kitchen with major injuries to his legs, police said. He is in stable condition at an area trauma center.

Lined with duplexes on the south side of the street and apartment buildings on the north side, Montebello sees it’s share of police activity, said resident Susan Tellerday, who has been living on the street for four years. But for the most part, “it’s pretty quiet here but the police do come a lot because there are some low-lifes,” she said Friday afternoon as she took her dog for a walk.

Neighbors said at least half a dozen police cars showed up Tuesday night in front of the Plum Tree West apartments at 1055 Montebello.

“I saw the cops but I didn’t know what for,” said Isaiah Luna, who was visiting a friend who lives on Montebello. “I just thought someone got sick. A lot of older people live there.”

A woman who identified herself as manager of the Plum Tree West refused to comment and asked reporters to leave the property Friday afternoon. Well-manicured grounds surround the apartment complex, which must be accessed through a main entrance. The apartment doors open onto a main hallway. The apartments do not have patios or entrances that open up directly outdoors.

A Gilroy woman whose mother has lived at the Plum Tree apartments for 17 years said the management distributed a letter to its residents notifying them of the attack and reminding them not to answer their door to strangers. The woman asked that her name not be printed.

“I like this place,” she said, pulling groceries from her trunk to deliver to her mother.

Although she knew the older victim – who she said lives in a downstairs apartment – by face, she did not know his name, but said he seemed like a “nice man.”

Because the older man is still unconscious and the younger man was heavily medicated for his injuries, police have not been able to learn much about what happened Tuesday night, Sgt. Jim Gillio said.

“From what little information we could get, we believe they were targeted,” Gillio said.

He would not say why police believe this but wanted the community to know “we don’t feel like there’s a roving band of home invaders going around town.”

Gillio did not know if the victims knew their attacker but said police do not believe the crime is gang-related. The suspect’s face was obscured, police gathered from their interview of one victim.

“At this time, little is known about the motivation for home invasion,” police said in a press release. “However, it is clear that this was not a random act. The suspects targeted the victims and this was a focused and direct attack.”

It was not immediately apparent how the attacker got into the home or if anything was stolen, Gillio said.

“There’s no evidence that forced entry was made into the house,” he said.

Anyone with information may call Detective Stan Devlin at 846-0335.

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