LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A 22-year-old man has been arrested in the unprovoked beating death of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worker earlier this month in downtown L.A.

An undated photo of Julius Rondez. (Courtesy: Rondez family)

Gerson Carrillo Torres was apprehended on murder charges Thursday in the area of 3rd and Wall streets in downtown L.A. in connection with the killing of 70-year-old Julius Rondez, Los Angeles police reported Friday.

On the afternoon of July 2, Rondez was working in the 400 block of East Temple Street when he was assaulted in an unprovoked attack, police said.

During the attack, his head hit the pavement. He was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, where he died the next day.

Surveillance photo of the suspect. (LAPD)

Police did not immediately confirm how they identified Torres as the suspect or confirm if he was a transient. Investigators had previously released security photos of the suspect they were looking for.

Rondez left behind a wife, three children and five grandchildren. His family said he had planned to retire in six months. He had worked for LADWP for more than 30 years.

Torres is being held on $2 million bail.

Comments (2)
  1. Buddy Burke says:

    It’s odd that reporters and even authorities make such a point of murder and violent assault suspects being “homeless”. Is that suppose to be the public’s cue to back off and let these marauding beasts remain free and keep on killing? Or is a housing status update become a new courtesy sidebar of media and law enforcement? Because homeless or not, we might want the case pushed ahead anyway.