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Police: Good Samaritan beaten, run over

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:15 a.m. HST, Jul 04, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. >> A good Samaritan who came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by twin brothers was brutally beaten by the suspects before being run over by a driver, police said.

Nathan Halsted, 49, died in the early Monday morning incident. At a news conference on Thursday, Fresno police played video from a department surveillance camera that shows Halsted being punched, kicked and stomped on for several minutes before being run over. Police said Halsted was unconscious in the street, and the driver did not see him.

The two suspects, 18-year-old twin brothers Gerald and Jared Smith, fled the scene but were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of assault and murder, police said. The boys' mother, Lou Ann Smith, told KFSN-TV her sons were the ones who got jumped.

Police, however, said the teens attacked Halsted after he came across them assaulting a 35-year-old woman at a gas station while riding his bike and told them to leave her alone. The brothers also fought a driver and pedestrian who tried to intervene in the attack on Halsted, police said.

"Like an animal pursuing prey, and that's what they were," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. "If one person walked by, they went after them."

Lou Ann Smith said her boys did not run over Halsted, so the driver should be the one arrested on suspicion of murder.

Dyer disagreed, saying the driver, who was on his way to work, was despondent after hitting Halsted and was not at fault.

"The people that are responsible for this are Jared and Gerald Smith, who are the ones that unnecessarily beat this victim, left him in the roadway, ultimately allowed him to be run over by a vehicle and killed," he said.

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SueH wrote:
It's easy to see how the sons turned out like they did with a mother like that.
on July 4,2014 | 09:26AM
HulaHair wrote:
on July 4,2014 | 10:35AM
W_Williams wrote:
Yes, indeed
on July 4,2014 | 12:03PM
pakeheat wrote:
Is it the apple not far away from the tree as the saying goes?
on July 4,2014 | 02:37PM
HanabataDays wrote:
In this case it's the bird kukae that didn't fall far from the tree.
on July 4,2014 | 03:32PM
HD36 wrote:
California is going the way of Detroit with over $1 trillion in unfunded liabilities. Too bad the victims didn't have guns.
on July 4,2014 | 09:55AM
cojef wrote:
Excessive health and retirement benefits for civil servants are causing financial woes for most of the cities and counties in the "Golden State".
on July 4,2014 | 10:26AM
false wrote:
Ever consider refusing your civil service pension, cojef?
on July 4,2014 | 11:32AM
samidunn wrote:
And how many Billions of unfunded liabilities does the Federal Government have? It's all going to come do one day.
on July 4,2014 | 03:13PM
HD36 wrote:
The Federal Government is way past the billions. The official number is $17.5 trillion in national debt. If you add in unfunded liabilities, like social security, federal pensions, medicare, and wars, it's easily over $70 trillion.
on July 4,2014 | 07:39PM
krusha wrote:
Guns probably would have made the situation even worse if those brothers got a hold of one since the average citizen isn't trained properly to handle one like law enforcement. I remember that guy in the Vegas Walmart not too long ago became a victim when he tried to be a hero with his firearm.
on July 5,2014 | 09:57AM
steveoctober wrote:
The mother should be sued for slander.
on July 4,2014 | 11:34AM
amela wrote:
You are right just like the mother. No responsibility and accountability. Blame it someone else.
on July 4,2014 | 11:58AM
scooters wrote:
I wonder if we can bring back summary executions? These two punks would qualify..
on July 4,2014 | 12:15PM
Mythman wrote:
That's what ISIS is doing right now in Iraq - you don't want that, it's really really brutal.
on July 4,2014 | 06:31PM
hikine wrote:
Two 18 year old bullies beating a 35 year old woman. How much more manly than that! Mom is a bad parent protecting her hoodlum sons instead of apologizing. Condolence to the good Samaritan doing the right thing but paid a price.
on July 4,2014 | 12:28PM
rigormortis wrote:
" But my sons were good boys, they are the victims.."
on July 4,2014 | 04:27PM
Maunawiliboy wrote:
on July 4,2014 | 11:57PM
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