Man, 19, jailed for allegedly beating homeless man

A 19-year-old man is in custody Tuesday on suspicion of punching and kicking a homeless man in Ramona and leaving the victim unconscious in an abandoned house late Monday afternoon.

An initial report alleged the suspect used a hammer in the attack, but no hammer was involved, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

Tanner Hendee, also a Ramona transient, was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon based on witness accounts, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Vengler.

Paramedics responding to a 911 call found the victim lying on his back in the abandoned house at 105 11th Street just before 5:30 p.m. Monday, the sergeant said in a statement.

The victim was flown to a trauma center suffering from head and possible spine injuries, but he did not appear to be in life-threatening condition, Vengler said.

The motive for the attack was not reported.

According to the sheriff’s website, Hendee is scheduled to be arraigned in El Cajon Superior Court Thursday afternoon.



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