AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man beaten at a south Austin bus stop Saturday evening has died. Austin police say the suspect, 51-year-old Juan Deltoro, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.
Officers were called to the Redd Street/Manchaca Road bus stop, a block south of Ben White Boulevard, at 8:02 p.m. June 16 for the report of a disturbance.
A 911 caller said a man was beating and kicking another man at the stop. Responding officers saw the victim, identified by police as 66-year-old Allen “Popeye” Kiddy, injured on the ground.
“Mr. Kiddy is a great example of someone who the story was a lot deeper than just a homeless guy at a bus stop,” said Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center Director Mark Hilbelink.
Hilbelink says the Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center has helped Kiddy for years and that he was a veteran and struggled with mental illness. “He was generally a good guy,” he said.
Kiddy was taken by Austin-Travis County EMS medics to a local hospital while officers interviewed witnesses, who told police Deltoro was responsible.
Deltoro left the scene but was later found and questioned. He was booked into the Travis County Jail on Sunday, where he remains with bond set at $75,000.
Officers learned at 1:13 p.m. Monday that Kiddy died from his injuries. The Travis County medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.
According to a police affidavit, Deltoro told police he had been feuding with Kiddy for two years because of his ex-girlfriend.
Surveillance video from the nearby Valero gas station showed Deltoro punching Kiddy in the face and kicking him while he was on the ground, police said. The surveillance video shows witnesses nearby who might have seen something. APD is asking those witnesses to come forward.
Hilbelink says it’s alarming to see so many people pass by while the attack was happening and not offer help. However, he says he sees people avoid the homeless often, adding that this attack should be an eye opener that ignoring a problem won’t fix it.
“There’s a middle ground and it’s a difficult middle ground between public safety and social services, but we all need to walk it together and until we start doing that, we’re not really going to start making the kind of differences that we want to see,” said Hilbelink.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.