Employee Found Dead Near Malibu Restaurant

The man was found dead near Guido's Restaurant off Pacific Coast Highway

By Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard
|  Monday, Mar 19, 2012  |  Updated 2:22 PM PDT
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Employee Found Dead Near Malibu Restaurant

Outside Guido's Restaurant in Malibu, where authorities say a man was slain minutes before the restaurant closed Sunday night.

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An employee of a Malibu restaurant was found dead Sunday outside the business in a shopping center just off Pacific Coast Highway, according to sheriff's deputies.

The deceased, an employee at Guido's Restaurant, was confronted by several subjects in a parking lot behind the shopping center businesses. The body was found in front of the restaurant.

A co-worker told NBC4 the man was last seen Saturday night. The deceased was in his mid-20s, said co-worker Victor Barraza.

"No problems with anybody," Barraza said. "He's a real nice guy."

Initial reports indicated the man was shot. Authorities later indicated the man was "brutally beaten," but as of 10 a.m. authorities had yet to determine a cause of death.

A witness told police that the man had injuries to the face, said Sheriff's Lt. Eddie Hernandez.

Authorities received reports of the body at about 8:30 p.m.

Call 323-890-5500 with information about the case.

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