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UPDATE: Attempted homicide charge filed in bar beating

Updates with bail amount changed and next court appearance

Posted: March 21, 2013 5:42 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2013 5:42 p.m.

A Castaic man was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly beat another man in a Sunland bar Monday night, using a “mini baseball bat,” officials said Thursday.

The victim of the beating, identified by prosecutors as Lance Love, was clinging to life Thursday, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Sara Faden.

Ronald Lee Holt, 45, of Castaic, was arrested Tuesday morning after Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies followed him from his home on Ridge Route Road.

They began watching the home after being notified by LAPD detectives that Holt was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and attempted homicide.

On Thursday, the detectives submitted their report to prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office recommending they proceed with a felony charge of attempted murder against Holt, Faden said.

A copy of the criminal complaint sworn out by county prosecutors accuses Holt of “attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder” and that he “unlawfully and with malice aforethought attempted to murder Lance Love.”

Prosecutors also allege that Holt “personally inflicted great bodily injury” on Love and that he used “a deadly and dangerous weapon,” according to their complaint.

Shortly before midnight Monday, bartenders at a bar on Foothill Boulevard in Sunland refused to serve a man who was drunk, Faden said.

“He became angry and left the bar,” she said about the suspect. “But he returned to the bar and struck a bar patron with a mini baseball bat.”

She described the bat as a 27-inch “promotional type” of baseball bat.

The attacker left the bar and the victim went to the hospital, she said.

“Our gang officers and officers with our Foothill Division moved swiftly to identify the suspect, who lives in the Santa Clarita area,” Faden said.

Local deputies kept a watch on the suspect’s house and followed him Tuesday morning when he was seen getting into his vehicle, she said.

Law enforcement officials trailed him to Sylmar, where he pulled over and was arrested and held for LAPD officers.

Holt was assigned to Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles early Friday morning and was being held on $1 million. He next court appearance is scheduled in San Fernando Superior Court in April.

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