GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - What began as a street robbery has turned into murder. But the Grand Rapids Police Department doesn't know the victim's name or who the killer are.
Witnesses in the 1900 block of Horton Avenue SE say they shouted as three or four men attacked and robbed the mystery victim around 4 a.m. Sunday. The men pulled off some of the victim's clothes, possibly looking for hidden cash.
The perpetrators took off north on Horton, leaving the victim lying in the street. He was only conscious for about a minute after he was found and became unable to tell police anything.
The man was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital, where he died Tuesday from the head injuries he sustained.
Police have learned that the man was walking from a bar to the place he was staying when the men jumped him.
They know he had been working on a blueberry farm in the area and may have had cash on him.
But they found four different ID cards on him, each with a different name and date of birth. They think he may have been an undocumented worker.
That may have made him a target, police said, because people may have known he was carrying his earnings.
"That's an unfortunate consequence of individuals in that particular lifestyle," GRPD Lt. Pat Merrill said. "Can't use bank accounts, can't use debit cards, and it's a cash lifestyle. People may be aware it's a cash lifestyle and see you as a good victim. And that's something we want to avoid here. Make sure we find people responsible for this kind of stuff and get them."
Police say the mystery victim was part of a crew that moved around the country working on farms. They say he has worked on the same West Michigan farm for several seasons.
However, they still haven't been able to find out his real name to contact his family.
Witnesses were unable to provide good descriptions of the assailants.
Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3604 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
Nathan Lavoie, who worked at St. Therese Lisieux Parish, is facing criminal sexual conduct charges in a case involving a teenage girl.
A Grand Rapids-area massage therapist accused of touching customers inappropriately has entered a no-contest plea to an amended charge.
Kalamazoo County authorities say they are looking for a woman who went missing late last week.