2017-09-01 / Community

Bus stop brawl ends in attempted murder charge

A fight between two homeless men at a Simi Valley bus stop over the weekend has resulted in one of them charged with attempted murder.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. Sat., Aug. 26 at the corner of Cochran Street and Galena Avenue, police said.

When officers responding to a 911 call arrived, they discovered Robert Michael, 36, lying on the ground unconscious with head injuries, while a second man—later identified as Edward Hesterberg—was seen fleeing on foot, police said.

Witnesses told officers that Hesterberg, also 36, attacked Michael, choking him, bashing his head into the concrete sidewalk and threatening to kill him, according to a statement from the Simi Valley Police Department.

“Two citizens who were driving by the incident saw what was occurring and that the victim was unconscious, and out of concern for his welfare physically intervened and stopped the suspect’s violent assault,” the statement says. “The willingness of these two brave citizens to get involved played a critical role in stopping this violent assault and potentially saved the victim’s life.”

Michael was transported to Simi Valley Hospital, where he was treated for head trauma. As of Wednesday, he was listed in stable condition.

At his Aug. 29 arraignment, Hesterberg pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder and one count of battery causing serious bodily injury, according to Ventura County Superior Court records,

He is being held in lieu of $505,000 bail and is due back in court Sept. 6 for an early-disposition hearing.

Anyone who may have witnessed the fight is asked to to contact SVPD Senior Officer Glen Ellis at (805) 583-6950.

Melissa Simon

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