2 people arrested in beating of Albuquerque homeless man

September 8, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque say two people have been arrested in the beating of a homeless man last month.

Police say 18-year-old Ignacio Avila and a 15-year-old boy were arrested this week for the Aug. 9 attack on 28-year-old William Henderson.

Authorities have said Henderson was asleep in the doorway of a coffee shop when he was attacked. The beating caused brain bleeding and skull fractures, forcing doctors to put Henderson in a medically induced coma.

Police say Avila and the teenager were in a car with friends, when they told the driver to stop, got out of the vehicle and attacked Henderson.

Avila and the teenager face counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Jail records do not list an attorney for Avila. The Associated Press generally does not name juveniles charged with crimes.

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