A man who was struck over the head with a wrench in an attack outside a 7-Eleven in the Rolando neighborhood last week has died, his family told NBC 7 on Tuesday.
George Almestar of El Cajon died on Saturday after spending days in a coma and on life support, his sister said.
Almestar was struck about a quarter-mile from his home, after an altercation with a man at a 7-Eleven on El Cajon Boulevard on Tuesday, Nov. 5., according to Deputy District Attorney Mar Naoom.
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The blow knocked him out instantly, according to witnesses.
John Patch, 26, was arrested in connection with the beating after a half-day-long search for a suspect.
He pleaded not guilty on Friday to with assault with a deadly weapon with an allegation for causing great bodily injury -- charges that could increase following Almestar's death, Naoom said.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page, which was at first meant to help with medical costs. It will now go to help with funeral costs.
The page described Almestar as a great person and father.
Naoom said Patch had two active warrants at the time of the attack. His bail is set at $500,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 22.