Grandson Suspected in Attack of 82-Year-Old in Pomona: Police

The 82-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he was in "extremely critical condition," police said.

Police Monday sought the public's help in locating a man suspected of attacking and seriously injuring his 82-year-old grandfather in Pomona.

Officers were sent about 2 p.m. Saturday to the 2900 block of Gayridge Street to check on Robert McPherson, who had not been seen or heard from in several days, according to Pomona police Sgt. Brian Hagerty.

"Officers arrived on scene and found the rear window of the residence smashed in and moaning sounds coming from inside the residence," Hagerty said.

Upon entering, the officers found McPherson down and bleeding, suffering from major head trauma, according to the sergeant.

Firefighters were summoned and took McPherson to a hospital, where he was in "extremely critical condition," Hagerty said.

Homicide investigators learned McPherson had an active restraining order against his grandson, identified as Sammeon Christian Waller, "who is the suspect in this crime," Hagerty said.

"The investigation also revealed that the victim's vehicle was taken from the residence and was impounded early Friday morning after being found unoccupied in the city of Sacramento, California," Hagerty said.

The vehicle is a silver 2003 Honda Odyssey.

Waller, who is now wanted on suspicion of attempted murder, should be considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen in downtown Sacramento and has no known means of transportation, no known ties to the area and may be using public transportation, according to Hagerty.

Waller is black, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 174 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and the words "Carpe Diem" tattooed across his chest and an outline of the state of California tattooed on the inside of his right forearm.

Anyone with information regarding Waller's whereabouts was urged to call Pomona police at (909) 620-2085 or their local police department.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

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