FULLERTON (CBS) — Police say they’ve arrested a transient accused of killing another he thought stole from him.

Sergio Camacho Gonzalez, 36, was arrested Wednesday night in the bludgeoning death of Andrew Petrusiak, 56, a homeless man from Poland, Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said.

Gonzalez is a transient day laborer who rents rooms in Fullerton and Anaheim when he can afford it, Goodrich said. He said he did not know the immigration status of either man.

Gonzalez is suspected of beating Petrusiak to death with a piece of wood after accusing him of stealing two weeks earlier.

“They were acquaintances. I think they hung out and drank together,” Goodrich said.

Because both men were transients, police had a hard time identifying them. Some investigators recognized Petrusiak, who had been arrested for minor incidents and were able to positively identify him through fingerprints, Goodrich said.

An anonymous tip helped detectives identify a suspect, but then the investigators had to track him down. The investigators found Gonzalez in Anaheim Wednesday night, Goodrich said.

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Comments (6)
  1. Mrs. R Douglas says:

    Yet another hate crime by an illegal. WHEN WILL IT END?

  2. ILLEGALS says:

    Transient, a nice way of saying Homeless.. At least now CA will give him free room & food.

    1. Umberto Sol says:

      Homeless, a nice way of saying Hobo.

      Hobo, a nice way of saying Bum.

  3. ILLEGALS says:

    Another day another ILLEGAL making a run for Headline news.

  4. hydro says:

    I wonder if the Westboro Church members picketed the morgue of where Petrusiak laid. Chanting “GOD HATES HOMELESS PEOPLE”

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