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Police: Man Beaten With Baseball Bat in Temecula Park

Police are investigating the assault of a 20-year-old man who was allegedly beaten with a baseball bat when he went to Kent Hintergardt Park late Sunday to meet a female.

Police are investigating the assault of a man Sunday in a Temecula park.

A 20-year-old man was left with potentially life-threatening injuries when he was allegedly beaten with a baseball bat at around 11:05 p.m. Sunday at Kent Hintergardt Memorial Park, 45125 Via Del Coronado in Temecula, police said Tuesday in a news release.

"The victim sustained numerous injuries but was able to drive his vehicle home. He was then transported to the hospital by family members," said Sgt. Decker of the Temecula Police Department.

Decker said the man was admitted Monday to the emergency room at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta with major injuries.

Temecula officers responded and conducted an initial investigation, according to the sergeant.

"The investigation revealed the victim had arranged to meet a female at a park in the city of Temecula. While he waited he was assaulted by a male suspect using a baseball bat," Decker said.

Police believe the man was not randomly targeted, nor was he the victim of a robbery attempt.

The Temecula Police Department is actively following up on information it has received from the victim, Decker said.

Anyone with additional information was asked to contact Investigator Gorlicki at 951-696-3000.

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Jerry Simeon January 16, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Justin, You are right, bats don't kill people, people who don't bother to raise their kids properly, deranged, and idiot adults kill people. However, we have a constitutional right to bear arms.... And the right not to which also needs protection. Its a no-brainer that collectable assault weapons should be rendered unusable like the Sub-Thompson gangster weapon. In some states its totally against the law. Gun owners are not paranoid but it has been well said that " God created Man, but Colt made them equal". Even in "authorized" hands it has been shown that guns are a threat to every law abiding citizen.
unknown January 16, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Tbone, I know this young man personally and he is no punk at all. He was set up by this girl for what-ever reason and surely it was not a drug deal related issue. Very much respectable he is and your humorous remarks are hate related. I feel sorry for you and people like you...
Stanley January 16, 2013 at 09:24 PM
When did the govt say they wanted to ban guns? Never. Did you ride the short yellow bus to school or was your head pummelled with a baseball bat? Try to understand if you can that the issue are machine guns in the hands of civilians.
Brenda January 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM
JUSTIN!!! Thank you for your great response and I agree totally, and wish I could have so it so perfectly. I am just sick how people have responded on this thread and on the motorcycle rider injured seriously on the 15 the other day. I do not understand what could motivate any commenter to say such insentive things and be so hateful to these victims and their families. These are human beings, who are seriously injured....whether a motorcycle rider or this young man being beat up with a fricking baseball bat. It doesnt matter why he went to the park but obviously there was a reason he was asked to go there, and then someone beat the living hell out of him and I PRAY for his speedy recovery so he can be in the court room to see the sorry excuse for a human being sent to jail.
Gandhi January 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM
I can only say one word to you tbone after this posting, and with total sincerity, it is KARMA! YOU are the punk here, and by your rude and selfish remarks repeatedly made on Patch you have shown that to all of us, grow up and stop thinking of no one but yourself, your little "sarcastic jokes" are very immature and in extremely poor taste.
Gandhi January 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Michael, this is not the place or time to be discussing that topic. What that young man was doing meeting a woman at 11pm I can guess, can't you? Come on, he liked her obviously, she asked him to meet her there for whatever reason. Regardless of the circumstances he certainly should not have encountered a maniac with a bat, surely you must see that? If you life a life devoid of empathy and compassion you might as well be dead. If you want to change your entire life quickly, for the better, go and see this young man in the hospital, I guarantee you will never be the same again.
Gandhi January 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Why the sudden rush to BLAME? I dont get it. I blame the guy with the bat!! Seems rather obvious doesnt it?
Gandhi January 16, 2013 at 10:57 PM
We need to stop making things up and putting them out there for others, based on the FACTS that we know here, the guy with the bat is the criminal ALONE!! Please try to show some empathy for the victim and his family.
Gandhi January 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Hey Patch, please remove the comments above by pauladiana469 - they are SPAM and do NOT belong here! Some of the others dont either but unfortunately are not "spam".
Mimi January 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Thanks Jerry! It was simply meant to be a light joke. Apparently Stanley doesn't see that. He must be a blast at parties!
LetsBfair January 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM
The crime is the citizens of Temecula who believe that we live in a perfect town. We don't. Articles have stated Temecula has "no" hate crimes. Sorry, we do have hate in Temecula. Our town has been overloaded by stacking and packing people on top of people and we are building more apartments to stack even more people on top of people. If we keep stacking and packing we are going to begin to see more violence close by. We don't have enough police for this many people.
tbone January 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM
You know Gandhi I really whish I had a kryptonite cross so that way I can keep superman and Gandhi away at the same time .
tbone January 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Hey Gandhi I am sure you are a very nice person . I noticed an article that Duncan Donuts is coming . I have been thinking about your current job and am real concerned .With working at Walmart and being a Target greeter .I was gonna say apply at Duncan Donuts it might be less stressfull . With your work hiztory I think you will do great .Your friend tbone .
Rich January 17, 2013 at 12:27 AM
tbone...you married to Brenda?
tbone January 17, 2013 at 01:10 AM
I am not worthy of being in the presece of such a lovely women .
tbone January 17, 2013 at 01:10 AM
I am not worthy of being in the presece of such a lovely women .
Gandhi January 17, 2013 at 01:44 AM
You can't be serious Rich! First correct statement out of your mouth so far tbone! Except that it would be either a lovely womAn or lovely women plural, not both combined. FYI I am a landscape designer, now doesnt that just blow your little minds?
tbone January 17, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Oh my goodness Gandhi is that what they call the people that work in the garden area at WalMart now .Im sorry .
Isabel January 17, 2013 at 06:25 AM
I know this family and went to see him at the hospital. His injuries are extensive and the road to recovery will be very long. BTW the article was wrong about the time he was at the park- he was there earlier
tbone January 17, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Hey Gandhi Im just butin your chops . I am pretty sure you are a nice person at heart .
JJ January 17, 2013 at 10:43 PM
prayers for this unfortunate victim and his family, I have a 20 yr old son as well and I can only pray he does not endure this kind of senseless pain the victim did. God Bless him. God's speed young man I hope the assailant is caught and pays for your hospital and after care bills too.
Michael January 18, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Hey tbone, sorry to burst your bubble but Gandhi doesn't work at Walmart. I know you've been thinking that for weeks but he doesn't.
A Father January 18, 2013 at 05:24 AM
I'm a close family member & just want to report that he is on his way home from the hospital & has a long way to full recovery but we are thankful to God for letting him live! Some of the above comments have been insensitive and I don't understand how people like tbone could jump to conclusions without knowing absolutely anything & while he has the right to his opinion I find it in poor taste but forgive his ignorance. At my age I still look at the victim as the little boy I held in my arms not too many yrs ago & I also remember the foolish things I did when I was his age & meeting a girlfriend at the park around 9pm by the way... was not uncommon... along with an ex boyfriend being upset at me for dating his ex girlfriend but never did the violence escalate to this level. The cowardly attacker has been arrested & the court will decide his appropriate punishment. I would like to thank those that made nice sensible comments & I want you to know I really appreciate your kind words... God Bless You!
Gandhi January 18, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Hey thanks Michael, tbone knows I dont, he just likes to "tease" people apparently, this is my lucky week! If it makes him feel good, I let him do it.
Gandhi January 18, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Thank you "A Father" for letting us know, we appreciate that, and hope that this young man fully recovers and maybe one day can forgive and forget. Meanwhile, hope that maniac with the bat gets whats coming to him. Young people really need to think more before acting and reacting, its sooooo important. God bless you and your family so sorry this horrible thing happened to begin with.
Brenda January 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM
"A Father", Thank you for letting us know here in Temecula this young man is home and on his way to recovery. I have thought of him and this incident alot over the last few days and how "chicken" it was to commit this assault on a innocent, unsuspecting, unarmed man. Reminds me of just how many children, teenagers and adults walk at our parks and play and could be victims of any person intent on hurting another. I hope the courts give this guy who did this(thank you for letting us know he has been caught) every charge possible, laying in wait, premeditated, etc. etc. and he gets a few years to meet the BIG guys in prison who dont need bats on a defenseless person, they have big fists.
Brenda January 18, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Ahh Gandhi you are so right. If only young people would think alot more before acting out and reacting. If they counted to 10 just to realize how much jail time they can get, or that they might have to live with the fact they killed someone, or they might get hurt. It should be a normal reaction to think before you do something, especially violent, or that involve drugs and alcohol, or walking out alone at night especially. As in DO NOT DO IT and Push that NO BUTTON!!
Net January 18, 2013 at 01:12 PM
A Father: I'm sure this event has changed this young man's life for the better. I hope that the person who did this to him, to include the young lady who may have been involved receives what they deserve to the fullest extent of the law.

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