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Two Homeless Men Jailed After Beating Man Unconscious Downtown

Livermore victim, first felled with sucker punch, taken to hospital.

Two homeless men are due in court today for allegedly beating a 21-year-old local man into unconsciousness on the downtown streets of Livermore over the weekend.

Mark Waller, 41, and Steven Ruth, 21, both listed as Livermore transients, are in custody at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, after their arrests early Saturday morning on felony battery charges.

The victim was found on the ground unconscious at 2:20 a.m. when officers arrived at the brawl scene at South J and First streets, said Sgt. Brian Martinez of the Livermore Police Department.

The victim, a Livermore resident, was taken by ambulance to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, suffering injuries to his head, eye and ear, Martinez said.

Witnesses told police that Ruth and the victim were in a verbal spat, when Waller stepped in with a punch from behind.

"While arguing, Waller walked up behind the victim and ended up punching him in the side of the head," Martinez said.

After the victim fell to the ground, "both men physically continued to batter him until he was unconscious," he said.

The victim, later interviewed at the hospital by police, said he was unable to recall what happened, Martinez said.

Waller and Ruth fled the fight scene before officers arrived but were nabbed nearby within minutes by police.  

Martinez said he did not know the cause of the fight or whether the victim and suspects were acquainted.

The suspects' bail is $20,000 each, according to Alameda County Sheriff's Office records.

Both are scheduled to appear today at 2 p.m. in Dept. 701 at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton.

libertus_rebelium September 28, 2012 at 02:50 PM
yes, we should, visible homeless hanging out downtown are a scummy blight. I saw Santa Cruz turn into a town run by aggressive hobos because the population kept feeding them and making excuses for them and now it is too late to get rid of them. We don't want Livermore to become a sanctuary for this sort of scum. Don't give money to pan handlers.
libertus_rebelium September 28, 2012 at 02:55 PM
EXACTLY what happened in Santa Cruz. They built them a brand new shelter while working people were losing their homes. It is infuriating to have to pay a premium to live in the Bay Area and see that money go to these dirbags who selfishly ruin it for us. So lets see all the apologists march out and tell us it is because they are sick or crazy or maybe confused veterans. You think so, let them camp in your yard, then. We'll see how much of an advocate you are after a week.
libertus_rebelium September 28, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Sharon, this argument is BS! If you were suddenly down on your luck, wouldn't you have friends or family or others that care about you because you spent a lifetime being a good person and helping others? Wouldn't these people help you out in your time of need that is "no fault" of your own? If not, why? What is it about you that nobody you know will help you? Well, ask that about these people too. In rare cases, they are victims with some rare life cycle that has left them without one friend or family member willing to help them. In most cases, they are people that made awful life choices and likely burned all those bridges so now they need churches and the state to help them out. Well, those institutions can, I won't and I won't encourage others to either. I've seen what it does to too many other cities in the Bay Area at the cost of tax money and community safety. They want to live somewhere for free, they can do it where the rest of us aren't busting our humps just to make ends meet. Send them all to North Dakota or Kentucky, watch how fast they want to work to get out of there.
libertus_rebelium September 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Please leave town. You and your "friends" are as wanted in town as your opinion on this board.
kristin November 28, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Thats funny David H. Didnt you Run around high school " being cool" and bully him like maybe think about this ....... You still are! Who are you to lie and make yourself seem like you have any morale. This community needs this shelter b/c our economy and our society has been HIt by a national deficeit and our community lost thier values. Everybody is quick to judge and nobody gets the benefit of the doubt anymore. Guess what you HESH... people like YOU will never be happy in life you are a LiAR who pionts the finger & Steven stood up for himself after people like you are out of pocket while in his face getting jumped by YOUR friends. David your weak, Steven has a heart of gold. Sometimes people go through rough times in thier life. Grow up and start thinking about that.!!! I respect anyone who own's up to thier mistake & learn from it. Dont slander a good name, thats why Jesus died on the cross.

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