Police: Men mistook homeless man for sex offender, beat him to death
KTXL / Modesto Police
Investigators say two men, Matthew Arguello and Ruben Rosales, confronted Jace Decker in Griffin Park, believing he was a registered sex offender.

By Kay Recede, KTXL

MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- Police in Modesto say two men beat a homeless man to death with their bare hands after mistaking him for a sex offender.

Those who knew him say 63-year-old Jace Decker was often found sitting on a bench in Garrison Park.

Decker was attacked on Aug. 10, and died a few weeks later.

Investigators say two men, Matthew Arguello and Ruben Rosales, confronted Decker in Griffin Park, believing he was a registered sex offender.

Decker was not a sex offender, police said.

Investigators say during the attack, Decker pleaded with the suspects to stop. Instead, police said the two men beat him until he was unconscious.

The attack was unprovoked and gang motivated, according to investigators.

Arguello is now in custody but investigators say Rosales is a dangerous man and is on the run.

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