2nd Man Arrested in Baseball Bat Attack; Previous Suspect Released

Earlier arrest was a case of mistaken identity

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012  |  Updated 12:32 PM EDT
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2nd Suspect Nabbed in Baseball Bat Attack

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A second suspect is in custody for a baseball bat attack against a 72-year-old man -- after a previous suspect was arrested in a case of mistaken identity, Prince George's County Police announced Thursday.

Edwin Manuel Gonzalez, 20, of Colmar Manor, is being charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first-degree assault, two counts of attempted armed robbery and other charges.

The attack happened Sept. 15 in the 3800 block of Bladensburg Road in Colmar Manor.

The victim was waiting at a bus stop when a man approached him and demanded his wallet. The man left after the victim refused, but later returned with a baseball bat, beating the victim until a nearby Good Samaritan yelled at him to stop. The attacker then fled the scene.

Officers found the victim suffering from severe injuries and he was transported to a local hospital.

Six days later, police arrested Justin Strong of Mount Rainier after the victim identified him. However, investigators later received information leading them to arrest Gonzalez, who was taken into custody Sept. 28.

Strong was released and the charges against him have been dropped.

Gonzalez is being held without bond.

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