Vagrant Fight In Central Fresno Sends One To Hospital, One To Jail

Photo: Fresno Police Department

A man was recently beaten unconscious in a Central Fresno neighborhood, and it was all caught on camera.

According to Deplo Sanchez, the local resident who recorded the video, the two homeless men began fighting and swinging bats and metal rods at each other because of a tent.

"(The suspect) went to the other homeless persons camping area began tearing down his tent," Lt. Mark Hudson told Action News. "That's when the victim confronted him and that's when the suspect began striking him with a baseball bat."

"Before officers arrived we had our police helicopter fly overhead trying to get them to stop and drop their weapons," Hudson added.

When officers finally arrived to the neighborhood, they immediately offered help to the victim and arrested the suspect, 61-year-old Phillip Ray Lester. Lester has been arrested several times before for drug and domestic-violence charges. He is now being held in the Fresno County Jail.

"I'm glad officers were there because this was a dangerous individual that needed to go to jail," Hudson said.

According to police, the victim is being treated at the Community Regional Medical Center and may require surgery.

"I saw a man lying on the ground; his head was cut open. There was blood on his head flowing onto the street," a neighbor added. "Unfortunately, this is an intersection for homeless people and drug addicts."

If you have any information, call the Fresno Police Department. Find more details about the attack on the Daily Mail.

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