Orange County

Suspect Arrested in Brutal Attack at Buena Park Bus Stop

"There was no justifying the beating this poor gentleman got."

A 33-year-old man was arrested in a brutal attack at a Buena Park bus stop that left a man hospitalized in critical condition, police said Friday.

Kenneth Heimlich, of Placentia, was arrested by Fullerton police following what was described as a similar attack, also on Wednesday, in that community. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery.

Details about the arrest were not immediately available.

The Buena Park attack, which occurred before the Fullerton altercation, was caught on camera. Thousands of people have seen the video posted on the Buena Park Police Department Facebook page and reacted to the beating. One post read, "How horrible! I can't believe NO ONE stopped to help!"

Security cameras on Orange County Transportation Authority buses also captured an image of the attacker who, after the beating, returned to the bus stop on Beach Boulevard and Orangethorpe Avenue to steal the victim's bicycle.

The 65-year-old victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

"He's still unconscious, so we can't get a statement from him" said Sgt. Mike Lovchik from Buena Park Police Department.


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Someone stomped and roughed up a man on the side of a road at a bus stop in Buena Park. The attacker, took off on the victim's bicycle.

The video shows the attacker repeatedly stomping on the victim's head.

"The assault on the victim was completely unwarranted," Sgt. Lovchik said. "There was no justifying the beating this poor gentleman got."

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