Two juveniles arrested after assaulting homeless man in Santa Cruz

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Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a homeless man in Santa Cruz. 

According to Santa Cruz Police Department, on Friday, September 30, before 8:30 p.m., the SCPD responded to a report of a physical altercation between multiple people in the 1400 block of Ocean Street. 

At the scene, officers found a semi-conscious 53-year-old ma with head injuries. Police say the victim was homeless. He was taken into the hospital in critical condition.  

Witnesses described seeing three minors attacking the victim and stomping on his head. A surveillance video obtained by the police shows the victim was running away from the suspects before they struck him down. The attackers then got into a car and fled the scene. 

SCPD and the Scotts Valley Police Department have identified two of the minors. A 16-year-old from Scotts Valley and a 14-year-old from Santa Cruz. They were arrested by SVPD on Monday and were brought to Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall on assault charges. 

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