[UPDATED with Victim's Death:] Leovardo Vera Bustos,
OC Homicide No. 33: Dies From Single Punch Outside Nightclub
Bustos fell backward, hit the ground hard, lost consciousness and never regained it. Weeks after surgery to reduce swelling to his brain, Bustos was taken off life support late Friday night.
Due to the man's death, the Orange County Sheriff's Department intends to file for stepped-up charges against suspected puncher Oscar Raul Medina-Perez.
The Huntington Beach 24-year-old is already being held without bail because of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.
UPDATE, JULY 15, 10 A.M.: Huntington Beach 24-year-old Oscar Raul Medina-Perez is due in court today to face charges where one punch in the face could cost him four years in state prison followed by deportation.
Medina-Perez is accused of having struck another 24-year-old, Leovardo Vera Bustos, so hard the night of July 5, the Westminster man fell to the ground in front of La Barca NIght Club in Stanton, lost consciousness and has never regained it.
Bustos was taken home unconscious. He was later found in his bed unresponsive with blood coming from his nose. He was then taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he is on life support and listed in grave condition.
An Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) arraignment statement filled in more details about what authorities say happened at La Barca. Bustos was with his cousin when he got in an argument with Medina-Perez in front of the nightclub. The verbal exchange grew so heated that a security guard had to get between them. That's when Medina-Perez is accused of punching Bustos in the face.
The OCDA charged Medina-Perez Thursday with one felony count of battery with serious injury. Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh of the Homicide Unit is seeking bail of $25,000 bail at today's hearing in Santa Ana. Medina-Perez will be ineligible to post bail because he's also in custody on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.
The statement from prosecutors corrected the age of Bustos and details of the incident originally reported by responding Orange County sheriff's deputies.
Sheriff's investigators say that through witness interviews, warranted wiretaps and a review of surveillance video shot at the club at 11221 Beach Blvd., they were able to make an arrest.
Oscar Raul Medina-Perez, 24, was taken into custody at his Huntington Beach workplace and charged with assault causing great bodily injury.
Bustos, meanwhile, suffered "closed head trauma" and underwent surgery at UCI Medical Center in Orange in an attempt to reduce and control swelling to the brain. His condition after surgery was critical, but it has since been downgraded to grave.
"He is not expected to survive his injuries," ends an arrest statement from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.