It happened Thursday night in the parking lot of a mall on La Sierra Avenue.
“We just have a security guard who is there to protect the property, protect customers on the property and ask someone, who has apparently been a problem, to leave,” Ofc said. Ryan Railsback with the Riverside Police Department.
The suspect, who was identified as Emmanuel Erim, 28, is a local bystander, according to police, and has since been arrested. He now faces a criminal battery charge.
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“He has a criminal history, particularly over the last five or six years, with a variety of crimes, including assaults on police officers,” Railsback said.
The Town of Riverside has outreach programs and other services for the homeless. Erim reportedly refused help from the city.
“There are just people who don’t want this for various reasons,” Railsback said. “It could be due to mental illness. It could just be because they prefer the lifestyle of being on the streets.”
Meanwhile, the attack on the security guard came as no surprise to locals. Jack Logova told Eyewitness News that he doesn’t let his female relatives come to the area laundromat alone.
“We usually get together, guys, because there are a lot of homeless people here,” he said.
Erim is due in court on Tuesday, April 5, and has another court date the following week on previous charges of robbery and assault on a peace officer.
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