John DeCinids

John DeCinids (Photo Courtesy Facebook)

VENICE- The Los Angeles Police Department arrested a person they say is responsible for the death of 76-year-old John DeCindis. Pacific Patrol Officers arrested and charged 45 year-old Obie Thompson, a homeless man, with the murder of DeCindis. 

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Pacific Officers say they learned that DeCindis died after being assaulted in Venice.  Police say that DeCindis was walking his dog when Thompson attacked him, according to police. The attack happened without motive, according to the LAPD.

DeCindis was hospitalized with several fractures. He was released from the hospital but returned after having difficulty recovering from the injuries. On February 27, DeCinids died from his injuries.

West Bureau Homicide Detectives learned that the incident happened in the 1500 block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Detectives say DeCindis had been confronted and followed from Abbot Kinney and Milwood Avenue. He [DeCindis]  later told others about the assault and described the suspect.

After an investigation, an arrest was made. 

West Bureau Homicide Detectives presented the case to the District Attorney today. The DA's office filed Murder and Elder Abuse charges against Thompson. He is being held on $2 million dollars bail.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide investigators at (213) 382-9470.

Another senseless death

This is the third senior to die from injuries that resulted from an attack of a person experiencing homelessness. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 71-year-old Jesus Valdivia was standing at the corner of Beethoven Street and Victoria Avenue when they say Dylan Brumley tried to steal Valdivia's bicycle. During a struggle, Valdivia hit his head on the pavement. 

Valdivia was brought to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  

On December 25, 77-year-old Charlie Aragon was attacked and later died from injuries his family says he sustained after stepping in to help stop a neighbor from being harassed by a homeless individual.

West Bureau Homicide Detectives presented this case and the District Attorney filed Murder and Elder Abuse charges. Thompson was held on two million dollars bail and will be arraigned later today.