65-year-old dies weeks after alleyway attack in Cambodia Town; 2 arrested

A 65-year-old man who was left beaten in an alley has died from his injuries weeks after the attack, Long Beach police said today.

Authorities said an argument led up to the crime, which happened around 1:10 p.m. on Oct. 19 in Cambodia Town.

After being called to the area, police found the victim lying in an alley in the 1300 block of Alamitos Avenue, which is near Anaheim Street, according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department.

Paramedics rushed the man, whom police identified as Long Beach resident Charles Ferrell, to the hospital in critical condition, the LBPD said.

Ferrell had been in an argument with a group of men, “which escalated to a physical altercation,” police said. Authorities couldn’t immediately provide any more details about what sparked the disagreement, but the attack left the man with severe head trauma.

Shortly after officers found Ferrell on the ground, they found two men connected to the beating in a nearby home, police said.

They arrested 35-year-old Jackie Triplett on suspicion of assault and violating the terms of his release from jail for a previous conviction, police said. The second man, 22-year-old Colby Pinckard, wasn’t taken into custody until Oct. 23 after officers got a warrant for his arrest, police said. He was booked into jail for two outstanding warrants, according to the LBPD.

Both men were still being held without bail when Ferrell died in the hospital on Dec. 4, according to authorities.

The two had already been charged with assault, but now, “Additional murder charges for Triplett and Pinckard are pending,” police said.

Court records show Pinckard was convicted of illegally carrying a concealed firearm in September. Triplett was convicted of drug possession last year, according to records.

They’ve both pleaded not guilty to assaulting Ferrell, court records show.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.