LLANO – A water business owner found critically injured at his residence last week has died, prompting a homicide investigation.
“The victim was injured during a commission of a crime,” homicide detectives said in a statement Friday, but did not elaborate.
The victim was found Aug. 18 in the 26200 block of East Avenue W-8, where both his home and business are located.
An employee arriving for work at the company found the owner and reported the incident to police. The victim was unresponsive and in critical condition when airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital, a sheriff’s lieutenant said. At the time, the victim was unable to tell investigators what happened to him, according to the lieutenant, who said the incident was being investigated as an assault.
It’s unclear if the victim was ever able to provide information about the crime.
The victim’s family identified him as Glen Brittner and suspects he was assaulted during a robbery, according to ABC 7.
The news station reported last week that the victim had been beaten, bound and gagged, but detectives would not confirm this information Friday.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
UPDATED 8.29.15: The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Saturday identified the victim as 59-year-old Glenn Brittner of Llano. Brittner was pronounced dead at 9:22 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, coroner’s officials said.
UPDATED 8.29.15: In a news release issued Saturday, homicide detectives gave more information about the circumstances surrounded Brittner’s death.
“The victim’s residence appears to have been broken into and ransacked. The victim suffered head trauma,” detectives said in the news release.
“The victim was found unresponsive by a co-worker, who notified the Sheriff’s Department,” detectives said. “The victim was then airlifted to a local hospital by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Air Rescue 5. The victim never regained consciousness while in the hospital.”
There was no suspect information as of Saturday afternoon, according to the LASD news release.
Detectives identified the victim as Glen Lee Brittner, while coroner’s officials identified the victim as Glenn Brittner.
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