Arrests made in attack near Petco Park that left man with serious injuries

Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 20:29:34-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Four people -- three of them teenage girls -- were arrested in connection with an assault near Petco Park that left a man fighting for his life at the hospital.

San Diego police said 19-year-old Dominick Wells and three juvenile females age 14, 15 and 17, were taken into custody on felony battery charges. Police confirmed they are working to identify any others who may have been involved in the incident.

On Nov. 18, just after 2 p.m., officers responding to reports of an assault near the pedestrian bridge near Petco Park arrived to find an unresponsive man later identified as 56-year-old Edward Leon Starland.

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Life-saving efforts were performed and Starland was taken to the hospital, but police said he is not expected to survive his injuries.

Witnesses told police Starland was in an argument with a group of juveniles when they knocked him to the ground. Starland was attacked while he was on the ground, police said.

The group fled the scene when witnesses yelled at them, running eastbound on Imperial Avenue.

SDPD homicide investigators were able to identify Wells and three girls as suspects and tracked them down.

Jail records show Wells faces charges of theft and battery and is being held on $40,000 bail.

No arrest information was made available for the three girls.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call SDPD’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.