Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date March 27, 2003
Contact Sergeant Steve Johnson
Phone (909) 320-8005
Fax (909) 320-8043


Suspects Arrested in Beating of Homeless Man

Riverside, Ca-  On February 21, 2003 at 10:49 A.M. Riverside Police officers responded to 3970 University Avenue regarding a fight involving several men. Upon arrival officers located a 43 year-old homeless Riverside man lying on the ground with severe head injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition. He has since been transferred to another medical facility where he continues to struggle for his life.

Witnesses reported seeing 5 men beating and kicking the man as he was lying on the ground. The suspects fled on foot prior to police arriving. The victimís identity and the motive for the assault are being kept confidential pending further investigation.

Recently, investigators received information about the suspects involved in this brutal assault. Four Riverside men have been arrested and will be charged with Attempted Murder. They have been identified as Thomas Camenga, 25 years old; Michael Ellison, 21 years old; Jeremy Hitchens, 22 years old; and Frank Taylor, 18 years old.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call Detective Greg Rowe at 909-320-8024.