Police search for man suspected in death of homeless man in Ocean Beach

Posted at 1:49 PM, Jun 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-23 21:25:57-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of attacking a homeless man and leaving him to die on an Ocean Beach street.

On June 22, at about 12:30 a.m., officers responded to reports of an attack in the 1900 block of Bacon Street.

Officers arrived to find 65-year-old Walter Riley with injuries to his torso lying on the sidewalk across from the Winston's Beach Club. Riley was rushed to UC San Diego Medical Center, but life-saving measures were unsuccessful.

Police confirmed Riley was homeless and frequented the Ocean Beach neighborhood.

Investigators questioned numerous witnesses as the incident occurred during a typically busy night in Ocean Beach.

Police said the suspected attacker fled the scene following the incident. He was described as a white or Hispanic man wearing a white or gray hooded sweatshirt and baggy blue jeans.

According to police, a surveillance camera at a business in the 4900 block of Newport Avenue captured the suspected attacker walking toward the 1900 block of Bacon Street before the incident involving Riley.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call SDPD homicide detectives at 619-531-2321 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.