4 teenagers arrested in connection to beating near Petco Park

SAN DIEGO – Police arrested four teenagers in connection to the beating of a man near Petco Park, police said Monday.

Dominick Wells, 19, and three girls, only identified by their ages of 14, 15 and 17, were booked into jail, according to San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs.

Edward Leon Starland, 56, was severely beaten by a group of teenagers near the pedestrian bridge adjacent to Petco Park around 2 p.m. Sunday. Police and paramedics said the victim was found unresponsive near the bridge, Dobbs said.

Starland was taken to a hospital in grave condition, Dobbs said. He remained on life-support as of Monday evening.

Investigators learned the man got into an argument with a group of teenagers and was knocked to the ground. Some of the juveniles beat the man -- while he was on the ground, according to Dobbs.

When witnesses started yelling at the teens to stop, they left the area heading east on Imperial Avenue.

One woman told Fox 5 the teens ended up near a shelter where she's staying and started talking about what happened.

“I guess the boy, he was scared and he came up there and was saying ‘I think I killed a guy.’ He was shaking -- then got arrested a little while afterwards," said Natisha Lipscomb.

Lipscomb also said she knows the 14 year-old suspect and heard what the victim may have said right before the attack.

“That he had gave her a compliment – ‘when you get older, could you be my girlfriend?’ That’s the only thing I heard that he said. Nothing to where something like this should happen," said Lipscomb.

Investigators are working on identifying other possible suspects.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the SDPD homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.