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    Police Arrest Suspect in Brutal Tenderloin Beating, Robbery

    San Francisco police on Sunday arrested the suspect who was wanted in connection with the brutal beating and robbery of a man in the Tenderloin District. (Published Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018)

    San Francisco police on Sunday arrested the suspect who was wanted in connection with the brutal beating and robbery of a man in the Tenderloin District.

    Melton Earl Kelly, 25, of Oakland was arrested along the 300 block of Ellis Street following the violent attack, which broke out around 5 p.m. Friday near Cyril Magnin and Eddy streets, according to police.

    Kelly was booked at San Francisco County Jail on multiple felony charges, according to police. Those charges included attempted murder, robbery, mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting/delaying/obstructing peace officer duties and narcotics-related charges.

    Friday's violent attack was captured on video. Footage showed the victim, who appeared to be unconscious, on the ground and the suspect punching and kicking him multiple times. The suspect also robbed the victim before taking off from the scene.

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    Shoppers in San Francisco saw a heavy police presence after a violent altercation on Friday in the Tenderloin. The incident is being treated as an attempted murder investigation. Christian Cazares reports.

    (Published Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018)

    The victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. He is still recovering as of Sunday morning.

    The dispute between the two men may have developed over items the two men took in a theft, according to a police source.

    Kelly was employed as a temporary 90-day worker with Glide, according to the community church, which released a statement about the attack:

    "We at Glide abhor violence and make it clear to our staff, whether permanent or temporary, that violence is totally unacceptable.

    "We recognize that violence is a societal issue that we all have a role in helping to solve. There is, however, never an excuse for violence. At Glide we strive to build alternatives and solutions to the violence that unfortunately permeates our society.

    "Our thoughts and our loving prayers are with the victim and his family. We also sincerely wish that Melton finds the help, hope and inner strength to cultivate the better nature we all have within us."

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