UPDATE | A 39-year-old Long Beach man who was allegedly beaten with a milk crate by his friend following a dispute has died from his injuries, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) stated today.
David Garcia died on Sunday, January 3, authorities said, and murder charges against 57-year-old Long Beach resident Riccardo Gonzalez Rangel are pending.
LBPD officials said Rangel remains in custody since the June 24 incident.
PREVIOUSLY: Long Beach Man Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder Charges After Allegedly Beating Friend
7/9/15 at 4:18PM | A Long Beach man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly beating his friend repeatedly with a milk crate, officials with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
According to authorities, on Sunday, June 21, 57-year-old Riccardo Gonzalez Rangel and his 39-year-old friend were in a Long Beach apartment complex when the two men got into an argument.
Rangel, at some point, allegedly hit the victim with a milk crate several times during the brawl, said Deputy District Attorney Tapti Patel, who is the prosecutor in the case. After being struck, the victim fell and hit his head.
Authorities were called and the victim was taken to the hospital for medical treatment, where he currently remains, the prosecutor said.
Law enforcement interviewed Rangel the same day of the incident and arrested him in connection with the attack.
Officials said the injuries led the victim to suffer paralysis and become comatose due to brain injury.
As of Thursday afternoon, the victim was verbally unresponsive, said Sarah Ardalani, PIO for the district attorney’s office.
“Things are not looking too good for the victim," Ardalani said.
The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant used a deadly and dangerous weapon—a milk crate—during the incidence of the crime, the district attorney’s office stated.
Rangel is scheduled to return to court on August 5 for a prehearing conference at George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach.
Rangel faces a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison if convicted as charged.
The case is being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.
Story updated at 5:25PM to reflect that the victim is verbally unresponsive.