Family of man beaten into coma asks for help from public

Family of man beaten into coma asks for help from public »Play Video
Mike McArdle
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A 50-year-old man is brutally beaten while walking from the store to his Fairfax Home. With no clear motive, the family asks the public to help identify his attackers.

Eyewitness News spoke with the man's family and found out how they hope to get someone to come forward with information.

Kern County sheriff's investigators have no leads, but the family of the man who was assaulted hopes a $5,000 reward will help loosen lips.

Michelle McArdle waits in anguish for her twin brother, Mike McArdle, to wake up from a coma after he was brutally beaten in the Fairfax area April 16.

"It's pretty bad. They had to cut half of his skull off so his brain could breathe," said Michelle McArdle.

Eyewitness News went to where the attack happened, and neighbors say they are shocked. One man, who identified himself as Mario, said he can't understand why Mike McArdle was targeted.

"He used to be one of the best guys I ever met. He used to help everyone in the neighborhood, really really nice guy in the neighborhood," said Mario.

McArdle was less than a half block from home when he was attacked. The neighborhood is small, which leads investigators and the family to believe someone saw something, and they are hoping they come forward with some answers.

"If anyone out there has seen anything, I beg you to call police and help them find who did this, because he didn't deserve it," said McArdle.

Michelle McArdle had just driven into town when we spoke to her outside San Joaquin Community Hospital's intensive care unit. She travels from the Sacramento area to Bakersfield every weekend to be by her brother’s side. She hopes someone will step forward to help the man who so often helped others.

"He didn't deserve this. He was a kind person, he helped people, he was just walking home, and he didn't deserve to be beat up," pleaded McArdle.

If you have any information, you don't have to identify yourself, just call Secret Witness at 322-4040.