Homeless Man Charged With Murdering His Drinking Buddy

SANTA ANA (CBS)  — A transient was charged today with killing another homeless man — a drinking buddy — he thought stole money from him.

Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 36, a day laborer who rents rooms in Fullerton and Anaheim when he can afford to, was charged with murder with a sentencing enhancement for using a deadly weapon.

Gonzalez allegedly bludgeoned 56-year-old Andrew Petrusiak, a homeless man from Poland, Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said.

According to prosecutors, Gonzalez took a piece of wood and slammed it into the back of Petrusiak’s head.

Petrusiak’s body was found just after 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at 1861 W. Commonwealth Ave., in an industrial park near railroad tracks and a strip mall, Goodrich said.

Gonzalez and Petrusiak sometimes hung out and drank together, Goodrich said.

Gonzalez, who was arrested Wednesday night, was being held on $1 million bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned April 22.

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