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Victim in bar attack recovering

Castaic man suspected in beating is held on $1 million bail

Posted: March 29, 2013 7:21 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2013 7:21 p.m.

A disabled man who was beaten unconscious in a bar, allegedly by a Castaic resident, is recovering in the hospital, a police official said this week.

“He’s actually improving,” said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Anthony Stephenson. “He was in a coma, and they had to remove part of his skull, but he is a strong-willed individual.”

The victim in the bar beating was identified as Lance Love of Sunland. Confined to a wheelchair, Love was in a Sunland bar when his assailant, upon being refused more alcohol by bartenders, left the establishment and returned with a miniature baseball bat.

According to Stephenson, Love was “hit in the back of the head and knocked out of his wheelchair” with the mini bat.

The attack happened shortly before midnight March 18, said LAPD Officer Sara Faden. The weapon used was a 27-inch “promotional type” baseball bat, she said.

“Our gang officers and officers with our Foothill Division moved swiftly to identify the suspect, who lives in the Santa Clarita area,” Faden said.

The suspect was identified as Ronald Lee Holt of Castaic. He was arrested March 19 after Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies waited outside his home for him to emerge.

Holt was arrested after a pursuit down Interstate 5 to Sylmar. He remains in custody at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles on $1 million bail and is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court in April.

Meanwhile, friends of Love have been collecting get-well cards for him.

“This poor guy had no chance of defending himself,” one friend said, adding that the man suffers from cerebral palsy and has limited mobility.
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