Murder/Home Invasion 2 Blocks from My House
Some time between Thursday night and Friday morning, 92 year old Ed Bier was murdered in his home on the 400 block of Stages, where he lived alone, during a robbery/home invasion. His house is only two blocks from mine and due to the location (Rio Vista and Stages). If you look at the map I linked, I live on Waverly near Ocean Dr. You'll notice that Stages is a short street that does not connect with either of the main streets, Ocean or Alameda, and one of the easiest routes to his home is from my street. I'll get to why I'm mentioning this in a minute.
According to a police officer I know and after speaking with a neighbor that was in the home right after it was first discovered, it was a savage attack that occurred in a couple different rooms. He was bludgeoned with a blunt object. We moved to this house a couple years ago from the Lakes where we lived for about 5 years due to this home saving us a bit of money, yet still in a very nice area near the water and low crime. It's also closer to the campus since my wife decided to change carriers and is gong back for her bachelors in nursing.
A couple of you may remember last year when at 3am two men were trying to break into my home and I almost shot the one that came at me with a crowbar....then after he took off on foot ended up in my car chasing the other guy for a couple miles.. I know how wrong it was to not lock myself inside while waiting for the police, believe me. I do this stuff for a living and was shocked myself when I later thought about what I did... The police officers were great about it, by the way. But, I'm not posting this to discuss my decisions, I mention it because I got the plate number and when I was chasing him down Ocean Dr, he made a second U-turn and after a couple other turns, ended up driving up Stages to Rio Vista (where the murder took place) then back down my street. At the speed we were traveling, I'm pretty sure he knew where he was going since it was dark and he handled the road well, which looks like a dead end if you haven't driven it before.
Anyway, I'm trying not to overthink this, but there were a lot of similarities and I've since spoken with them about it. They seemed to think so as well as does my Father who was a DA for Los Angelese county for years then went to criminal defense. I'm still not sure, but if it should turn out to be the same guys, I'll be sick over that half second during my draw where he somehow rethought his actions and ran towards the street, putting a huge tree that I was right next to between us for a split second and obviously I was no longer facing a threat.
The fact that I happened into the situation, which I wake up almost every night around this time and go outside to smoke, and with e doors opening all he did was turn his back and slowly take a couple steps towards my cars from the front of my house on my patio. When I said a few words, he turned from his slow walk and came at me with a crowbar. He had a weird smirk almost and looked pretty willing to fight. Had I not had my weapon, we'd have been hands on within a second or two. I should also mention my training kicked in and quickly got off the line of attack during my draw. Pretty interesting.
Other than that, the victim and I both live in corner houses. My house is one of the only ones lit up at night on my street and has a street light on the opposite corner. We have two cars parked in the driveway as well. We park me on the garage but for some reason we always park the two we drive outside. We also leave the living room lights on which you can tell are on from the front of my house. He tried to enter through a window. He had already pried two of the four attachment points off when I walked outside.
The news played it pretty low key at first mentioning a suspicious death. It was very obviously a homicide according to a few that were at the scene. The night before this happened, about 25 miles away a 80 year old man was bludgeoned to death in Sinton Tx, but it turns out he spent time in prison for murder in the 50's then 10 years in the 90's to early 2000's for marijuana distribution then immediately after release, another 5 years for a controlled substance charge. So, that guy was no angel and they don't believe they were related.
Ed Bier, the 92 year old, survived the attack at Pearl Harbor and by all accounts was a truly good man. This makes me sick and I'm just so angry that this happened. God, I'll feel terrible in the unlikely event what happened to me is related in any way, but they are reinvesting it just in case.
I don't understand how anyone could do this to anyone, let alone an old man. This was too close to home. We walk by that house a few times a week when we take the kids for a walk.
Here's one of the few articles about it - http://www.caller.com/news/2011/oct/...0/?partner=RSS
They mention "some blood loss" but it was apparently a gruesome scene with more than just blood splatter from the hits he took to his face and head. This was a very brutal attack.
EDIT - oh, and there are no leads in this case...
consider approaching local VFW & American Legion for help
Sad as it may be, a case like this could go cold really fast.
If this happens, I suggest contacting your local VFW and American Legion for material and moral support.
This is just the kind of thing that makes old warriors' blood boil.
With most of them being retired they have the time, resources and...cough...stubbornness :wink: to work Corpus Christi for leads on the case.
I'm not speaking for them, mind you, but I know a few of them. And I'm fairly sure they would help if asked.