Two men were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery and kidnapping after allegedly torturing a local man and, believing him dead or dying, tossing him into a Malibu canyon, police said.
Alfred Meza Garcia, 34, and Mario Miccio, 22, were arrested in connection with the attack in the early morning hours Sunday at a Fullerton business where the victim was allowed to sleep, according to Fullerton Police Sgt. Steve Matson.
“He looked like he had been in the worst traffic accident you’ve ever seen,” Matson said of the victim, who was stabbed, kicked and burned with a small torch.
Police are looking for several other suspects and released the name of one, Anthony Miccio, 23, who is described as 5-feet-10 and 150 pounds with black hair and brown hair eyes.
The victim was hospitalized for several days, but has been released and is recovering from his injuries, Matson said. The victim and business were not identified to protect them from attackers still at large.
The victim told police that a group of robbers invaded the business just after midnight and, after ransacking it, demanded that he tell them the home address of the business owner, Matson said. When he refused, they tortured him and drove him to the canyon, police said. He tumbled 150 feet but crawled out, police said.
Garcia and Mario Miccio were arrested after detectives tracked them to Corona, where they crashed their car and ran from police, Matson said.
Police also are trying to find a 1972 blue Chevrolet van, with license plate 079KKP, that was stolen from the business and may be in possession of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Fullerton police at (714) 738-6817.