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A third suspect was arrested Monday morning in the beating death of a homeless man last month
Samuel Cervantes, 18, was arrested at his high school, Elliot Alternative Education Center, at about 9 a.m., according to Modesto Police.
He is the third suspect arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of 63-year-old Jace Decker at Garrison Park, northwest of Orangeburg Avenue and Carver Road on Aug. 10.
Police say Cervantes, along with 25-year-old Ruben Rosales and 21-year-old Matthew Arguello, who were previously arrested, attacked Decker because they erroneously believed he was a sex offender.
“Jace was viciously attacked by the two suspects, without warning, and he pleaded with the attackers to stop just before he was rendered unconscious,” Modesto Police said in a press release.
Decker lost consciousness after the attack and died a week and a half later.
Police said the suspects are known criminal street gang members and the attacks is believed to be gang motivated.