Daylight Beating Case Turns Into Homicide

By Jessica Greene
|  Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Oakland Suspected Attackers Caught on Surveillance Video

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Surveillance video captured a few seconds of the two suspected attackers walking down Telegraph Avenue.

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Surveillance video shows two men who police say brutally attacked a father and son in Oakland.
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A man who was beaten in a daytime attack in downtown Oakland on Friday afternoon has died.

Oakland police spokesman Officer Jeff Thomason announced the sad development at a news conference Tuesday updating the case.

Tian Sheng Yu, 59, had been hospitalized in grave condition since he and his son, 27-year-old Jin Cheng Yu, were attacked on Telegraph Avenue at about 3 p.m. Friday. The father and son were downtown shopping and were walking near the Fox Theater when they were attacked for no apparent reason, police said.

Two suspects, Lavonte Drummer and Dominic Davis, both 18-year-old Oakland residents, were arrested Monday night. Dummer surrendered to Oakland's homicide unit at about 5 p.m., and Davis was arrested in Berkeley just before 8 p.m.

Both are being held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and assault causing serious injury. Now that Yu has died, the suspects will face a homicide charge.

He said the case would likely be presented to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday for charging and that Drummer and Davis could appear in Alameda County Superior Court that afternoon. Surveillance video captured a few seconds of the suspected attackers walking down the street and drivers in the area tried to chase them down the attackers after the incident but lost track of them.

Mayor Ron Dellums condemned the attack at the news conference Tuesday.

"There's no room in a civilized society for this maddening assault on human beings," Dellums said. "Our thoughts, our hopes and our prayers go out to the Yu family in the dark moment."

Bay City New contributed to this report.

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