Man killed with frying pan at group home

EL CAJON, Calif. – A man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing his roommate in an attack with a frying pan, police said.

Dispatchers received a call around 5 a.m. from a person reporting a fight between roommates at a group transitional home in the 1200 block of Naranca Avenue, El Cajon police Lt. Keith MacArthur said. The circumstances leading up to the fight were under investigation, but police told FOX 5 that a frying pan was used as a weapon.

The victim, a man believed to be in his 30s, was transported to a hospital and was later pronounced dead, MacArthur said. No other details about the victim were immediately available.

Officers said his suspected attacker was 25-year-old Brad Masaru Payton.

A woman who did not want to be identified told FOX 5 the home has been a constant nuisance. She was not surprised because there has been violence inside the home before. "A woman knocked on the door asking for us to call the police because she was getting abused," the woman explained.

The home is operated by Living Solutions and Services, Inc. According to the group's website, the home is for low-income, physically or mentally disabled people. FOX 5 reached out to the company, but representatives did not provide a comment.

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