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SDPD Arrests Man in North Park Auto Shop Hammer Attack

The victim was beaten with a hammer in what appears to be a random attack, police said

San Diego Police have arrested a man accused of attacking a North Park auto shop worker with a hammer, leaving the victim in critical condition.

Louis Cedarholm, 29, was booked in the county jail Monday night on four felony counts including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Surveillance video captured the attack at Jack's Mufflers on University Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Louis Cedarholm was arrested for allegedly brutally attacking a man with a hammer outside a muffler shop in San Diego. NBC 7’s Nicole Gomez speaks with the owner of the shop, who said the attack comes as a total surprise.

In the video, the suspect produced a hammer and struck the victim in the head seven times, until he collapsed on the floor.

After the initial attack, the suspect went into the office for less than a minute but did not take anything, SDPD said.

Then, the suspect walked away westbound on the 2100 block of University Avenue, police said.

A passerby later saw the injured victim and alerted the authorities. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital.

The suspect in the video has been identified by police as Cedarholm.

Investigators say the attack appears to be random.

NBC 7’s Nicole Gomez reports on the arrest of a man in what appears to be a random attack on a mechanic in North Park.

Police say the victim suffered brain bleeding, a skull fracture, multiple facial fractures, the possible loss of his left eye, multiple facial lacerations and missing teeth.

His condition was described by doctors as critical but not life-threatening.

The 52-year-old victim was having a snack while he worked at a muffler shop when the suspect approached him and attacked him with a hammer. NBC 7’s Rory Devine has more on the disturbing incident.
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