LAKEWOOD (CBS) — The suspect in a deadly attack on a 74-year-old man at a Lakewood Walmart store was charged with murder Thursday.
Richard Lawrence Kalfin, 46, is accused of beating Dave Oakleaf to death with a baseball bat on Tuesday.
Police are describing the crime as one of the most brutal killings they’ve ever seen.
Witnesses say Kalfin, a transient, approached Oakleaf in the store’s sporting goods section asked if he could spare some change.
Kalfin allegedly became upset with the way the Oakleaf responded, and attacked him with a baseball bat.
Surveillance cameras captured video of Kalfin leaving the store, and he was later arrested.
Oakleaf’s neighbors gathered in Long Beach Wednesday night to remember the man they say loved his dogs and his motorcycle.
“We express our deepest condolences to the family of this man as they grieve the loss of their loved one. We are working closely with law enforcement to offer what information we have such as surveillance video that might help with the investigation,” Walmart said in a statement released Wednesday.
Kalfin is being held on $1 million bail. He will be arraigned Thursday afternoon.