A man suspected of sucker-punching a 61-year-old man in a gas station parking lot in Irwindale, leaving him with a devastating brain injury, has been arrested.
Surveillance video led police to 33-year-old Jesus Avila, Jr. as the victim had been unable to identify the suspect.
"During the confrontation, the suspect suddenly and without apparent provocation, struck the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the concrete, rending him unconscious and nonresponsive."
A news release with photos produced from the surveillance video led to an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers identifying Avila, Gatto said.
Avila was arrested Tuesday night without incident and booked for suspicion of attempted homicide and elder abuse likely to cause great bodily harm or death, Gatto said.
The South El Monte resident was in the West Covina Police Department Jail in lieu of $2,001,500.00 bail.
Sanchez's daughter, Monica Gobolyos has set up a GoFundMe for her father.
"This is really hard for the family especially (sp) for my mom, she just had a high-risk open heart (sp) surgery," Gobolyos wrote on the page.
There does not appear to be a motive for the incident, and investigators do not believe Sanchez knew his assailant. Police have since located the suspect’s vehicle, a 2003 gold and tan-colored Honda Pilot with license plate number 5VQL448, but the suspect has not been identified.The suspect was described as Hispanic, in his mid-30s, 6-feet-tall, 275 pounds with a large build, black hair, and a black mustache and goatee. He was wearing a black t-shirt with a Marilyn Monroe design on the front, black and white checkered shorts, and gray tennis shoes.Anyone with information should call detectives at 626-430-2290.
CNS contributed to this story.