Ariz. man arrested for death of 74-year-old grandfather in random attack

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PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 10: Crime tape is photographed at a crime scene at an East Mesa home December 10, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona. Four adults and one child were found shot to death in the home and a suspect is in custody. (Photo by Jill Torrance/Getty Images)

PHOENIX, AZ – DECEMBER 10: Crime tape is photographed at a crime scene at an East Mesa home December 10, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona. Four adults and one child were found shot to death in the home and a suspect is in custody. (Photo by Jill Torrance/Getty Images)

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Phoenix Police arrested a suspect in connection with the recent death of a 74-year-old man. According to reports, authorities arrested 41-year-old Marcus Williams this week. Earlier this month, Williams was accused of punching 74-year-old Juanito Falcon, who was on a morning walk. Williams immediately fled the scene.

This March 2021 photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows 41-year-old Marcus Taliafero Williams. Authorities arrested Williams on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 on suspicion of second-degree murder for the February death of 74-year-old Juanito Falcon. Phoenix police say there are no indications the attack was racially motivated. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via The AP)

This March 2021 photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows 41-year-old Marcus Taliafero Williams. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via The AP)

 

Falcon fell and hit his head on the floor, which ultimately fractured his skull. He died from his injuries in the hospital two days later. Police said there was “no apparent reason” for the attack.

“We don’t know why this occurred, which is why it makes it even more tragic,” Sgt. Ann Justus of the Phoneix Police Department said. “And sometimes we just don’t ever find out the why. At this time we don’t have any reason to believe this is a hate crime or racially motivated. And until we have evidence that leads to that way, we just can’t direct this investigation that way.”

Meanwhile, hate crimes and attacks against Asian-Americans continue to rise across the nation. Falcon, a Filipino-American, was described as a loving father and grandfather.

Williams was charged with second-degree murder.

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