Sleeping homeless man attacked with bat

Police arrested a suspect who allegedly beat a sleeping homeless man with a metal baseball bat early Tuesday morning in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

Police responded to a report of an assault in the 1200 block of Seventh Street near Townsend Street at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Officers located a 58-year-old man suffering from multiple head injuries. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment, police said.

The victim told officers that he had been sleeping on a platform when a male suspect began beating him on the head with a metal baseball bat and yelling that he was going to kill him. Police said the victim recognized the suspect as a fellow transient and provided them with a physical description.

Officers located the suspect about a block away near a storage facility, also located on Seventh Street. The suspect was detained and positively identified. He was arrested for assault and attempted homicide, police said.