Man Dies After Wrench Attack Outside Rolando 7-Eleven - NBC 7 San Diego

Man Dies After Wrench Attack Outside Rolando 7-Eleven

John Patch, 26, was arrested in connection with the beating after a half-day-long search for a suspect

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    Man Dies After Wrench Attack at 7-Eleven

    The man attackedwith a wrench outside a 7-Eleven in Rolando has died. NBC 7's Lauren Coronado has more.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019)

    A man who was struck over the head with a wrench in an attack outside a 7-Eleven in the Rolando neighborhood last week has died, his family told NBC 7 on Tuesday. 

    George Almestar of El Cajon died on Saturday after spending days in a coma and on life support, his sister said. 

    Almestar was struck about a quarter-mile from his home, after an altercation with a man at a 7-Eleven on El Cajon Boulevard on Tuesday, Nov. 5., according to Deputy District Attorney Mar Naoom. 

    The blow knocked him out instantly, according to witnesses. 

    Suspect Charged in Rolando Attack

    [DGO] Suspect Charged in Rolando Attack

    NBC 7's Lauren Coronado has an update on the suspect charged with attacking a man with a wrench outside a 7 -Eleven.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 8, 2019)

    John Patch, 26, was arrested in connection with the beating after a half-day-long search for a suspect. 

    He pleaded not guilty on Friday to with assault with a deadly weapon with an allegation for causing great bodily injury -- charges that could increase following Almestar's death, Naoom said. 

    The family has set up a GoFundMe page, which was at first meant to help with medical costs. It will now go to help with funeral costs. 

    The page described Almestar as a great person and father. 

    Naoom said Patch had two active warrants at the time of the attack. His bail is set at $500,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 22.

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