SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco police have made two arrests in the fatal beating of a homeless man two years ago.
It happened in San Francisco’s Financial District. Police said 67-year-old Tai Lam was kicked to death as he slept in the middle of the night on Sutter Street.
This is surveillance video prior to that attack. Lam was left suffering from his injuries and was found dead the next morning.
On Monday, police arrested two 21-year-olds, Joseph Stull and David Peters.
Stull was arrested in Idaho and Peters in Stockton.
Both were booked on charges of murder, robbery, elder abuse, and assault with great bodily injury.
They are being held on $5 million bail each.
Stull and Peters are accused of attacking 67-year-old Tai Lam on Nov. 23, 2014, along with an unidentified third person. The trio allegedly attacked Lam twice between 11 p.m. and midnight in the 100 block of Sutter Street, as Lam slept on the ground in a sleeping bag, police said.
A surveillance camera allegedly captured Stull, Peters and an unidentified third person, as they smoked a cigarette on the steps to Crocker Galleria near Montgomery and Post streets, shortly before the assaults.
The attack itself was also caught on camera.
Current police Chief Toney Chaplin, who was a lieutenant at the time, said back in 2014 that Lam was a “defenseless senior citizen” with disabilities, who weighed less than 100 pounds and stood about 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Chaplin said there was no indication that Lam provoked the three suspects and it appears Lam was sleeping when they initially approached him.
Chaplin also said the brutal and savage attack “went on for quite a while” and that Lam’s body wasn’t discovered until about 7 a.m. the next morning.
“He was unable to defend himself. He died alone after suffering these horrendous attacks,” Chaplin said at the time.
Both Stull and Peters will be arraigned on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Department 11, according to San Francisco Superior Court records.