A California man has been arrested in connection with the death of a grandfather who he reportedly struck while at a local Starbucks.
River Baumann, 20, was arrested on Sunday after the altercation outside of the coffee shop located at 5070 Rocklin Road in Rocklin, California.
While he was released on Sunday, after initially being charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury, officers with the Rocklin Police Department arrested him again on Wednesday following the death of 69-year-old Robert ‘Bob’ Ketner.
He has since been charged with voluntary manslaughter.
On Sunday, officers with the department were called to the scene between noon and 1pm after getting reports of a physical altercation, police shared in a release.
They soon learned that the victim ‘sustained major injuries’ in the scuffle. Ketner was taken to a local hospital and taken off life support on Wednesday.
‘The victim was punched and he fell to the ground sustaining an injury to his head and he never regained consciousness,’ Rocklin Detective Zack Lewis explained to CBS Sacramento.
According to the victim’s family, Ketner had been trying to tell Baumann to turn his loud music down.
‘He was kind of sitting outside, drinking his latte when the vehicle of some sort came by,’ the unidentified family member explained to KTXL. ‘It was like really loud music; people were complaining about it. So, he pointed out, like, which car it was and asked them to turn their music down.’
Police are still investigating the case and have not yet determined what led to the altercation.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Matthew Wright