Suspect arrested in attack on 83-year-old man in SoCal

Demarrea Chante Barnes, 29, is seen in this mugshot photo provided by the Santa Ana Police Department.

An arrest was made Saturday in the brutal beating of an 83-year-old man in Santa Ana.

Police arrested Demarrea Chante Barnes, 29, in Anaheim. They believe he is a transient.

Tuyen Nguyen was on his daily walk to get a newspaper and coffee at a restaurant in the 5000 block of West Edinger Avenue at about 6:10 a.m. Friday, when he was attacked without warning in the parking lot. The assault was caught on surveillance video.

The victim was transported to a hospital and was last listed in critical condition. He suffered a brain hemorrhage and broken eye socket.

Barnes was booked into jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury.
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