The owners of a Salinas Oldtown restaurant are in jail for allegedly beating a homeless man so severely he is now in a coma.
Brothers Robert DeLeon, 43, and James DeLeon, 32, owners of the XL Grindhouse Restaurant, were angry the 55-year-old man was continuously loitering around the restaurant, police said.
The two were arrested without incident Wednesday. Cmdr. Henry Gomez said the men will be arraigned on charges of attempted murder Monday.
He said a woman who knew the victim called police Oct. 13, two days after the alleged beating, to say something was off about the man.
"She kept an eye on him," Gomez said. "When she talked to him, he didn't seem like his normal self."
A police officer then visited the man, whose first name is reportedly Ramon, and found "something was wrong" with him and called paramedics. He was taken to a Bay Area hospital, Gomez said.
"He started going south pretty quickly," he said.
The victim, who had noticeable injuries to his face and head, was able to tell police he was beaten near the area of XL Grindhouse.
Gomez said they would not be releasing the name of the hospital where the victim has been in a coma since shortly after police interviewed him.
XL Grindhouse Restaurant at 129 Main St. is a half block from the National Steinbeck Center.