Homeless man arrested for beating with cane

A homeless man faces multiple charges in connection with a weekend fight in which a witness said he bragged of beating another homeless man with a cane.

Thomas “TJ” Mundlin, 30, was arrested Wednesday after Grand Junction police investigated the severe beating of another homeless man on Saturday.

Witnesses told investigators that Mundlin grew angry with the victim as the two and others were at a house cooking food that the victim bought.

Mundlin and the victim left the house together and Mundlin returned about an hour and a half later.

Mundlin had blood on him and was carrying the victim’s backpack, fanny pack and food stamps.

Mundlin told the others he thought he had killed the victim and “described hitting the victim on the head with his metal walking cane,” the arrest affidavit said.

Law enforcement was summoned when the victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where the affidavit says he underwent surgery.

Mundlin is to appear in court today.

Read the full story in the Friday edition of the Daily Sentinel.



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