Teen wanted in bat attack of 72-year-old man surrenders to Santa Ana police

SANTA ANA – An 18-year-old man wanted in connection with the beating of a 72-year-old with a baseball bat walked into the Santa Ana Police Department’s lobby and surrendered on Thursday, police said.

Santa Ana police released Samuel Elijah Alvarez’s photo Wednesday and asked for the public’s help in finding him. The case is being investigated as an attempted homicide.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, Alvarez showed up in the lobby with his lawyer and turned himself in, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

“We had been getting a lot of tips on this case,” Bertagna said.

Bertagna said Alvarez did not say anything when he turned himself in.

About 7:25 p.m. Sunday, police said Alvarez got into a fight with Jose Chacon of Santa Ana at a 76 gas station in the 4500 block of Westminster Avenue.

Alvarez got an aluminum bat out of his car and began charging at Chacon, police said. Video surveillance footage shows two men fighting.

Police said Alvarez struck Chacon several times, causing multiple facial fractures and other body injuries. The last blow hit Chacon on the face and knocked him to the ground. The suspect then fled.

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