Two men with criminal records and possible gang connections have been arrested for the nearly-fatal beating of a University of California at Berkeley freshman and other crimes, San Diego police said today. Lt. Kevin Rooney said 18-year-old Grant Richman, who’s from Northridge, was “viciously beaten and robbed” at about 12:35 a.m. on Dec. 28 shortly after he arrived at the home of a college friend in the 4600 block of Antioch Place in San Diego, where he had planned to spend the night. Rooney said Richman was struck in the head with a blunt object multiple times and doctors initially thought he wouldn’t live so the incident was assigned to the homicide unit. But he said Richman’s condition has slowly improved and his life is no longer in danger, although his recovery is expected to take a long time.
Richman initially was hospitalized in San Diego but he was well enough to be transferred to a hospital close to his parents’ home in Northridge, Rooney said. “He’s showing progress, which is hopeful for the family,” Rooney said. He said several items that belonged to Richman were stolen in the attack but he declined to provide details. Rooney said the area where Richman was attacked is “a very quiet little residential area that’s off the beaten track” so police believe the suspects spotted Richman somewhere else and followed him there.
On Wednesday, the gang prosecution unit in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office charged Terrence Jarvis, 26, and David White, 20, with attempted murder and robbery for the attack on Richman, Rooney said. Jarvis and White were also charged with several other crimes that occurred in a 12-hour period that included the attack on Richman, he said. Rooney said one of those crimes was a gang-motivated incident the afternoon of Dec. 27 in which suspects went to a home in the 900 block of 57th Street in the Emerald Hills area of San Diego and beat a 23-year-old man.
Police believe the same suspects robbed a woman at gunpoint in the 4500 block of Logan Avenue at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 and attempted to rob another woman in the 6100 block of El Cajon Boulevard an hour later. Richman was attacked several minutes after that incident and police believe that at 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 28 the same suspects shot into the same residence in the 900 block of 57th Street that was the scene of the beating 12 hours earlier, Rooney said. Jarvis was arrested for domestic violence and a parole violation in the 7100 block of Jacmar Avenue on Dec. 29 and White was arrested for a probation violation in Mesa, Ariz., on Jan. 17, according to Richman.
In addition to the attempted murder charge for the attack on Richman, Jarvis and White have been charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted armed robbery, shooting at an occupied dwelling and battery. Jarvis is scheduled to be arraigned in San Diego County Superior Court Friday at 1:30 p.m.
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