Lincoln Heights man dies in confrontation with burglary suspect

Burglar inside of a home.
Burglar inside of a home. Photo credit Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (KNX) — Authorities continued their search Tuesday for a would-be burglar who killed a 64-year-old man inside his Lincoln Heights neighborhood apartment Monday.

Jose Mancia died in the confrontation that occurred about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 2000 block of Griffin Ave., according to police and the coroner's office.

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Mancia died at the scene, first responders said. Authorities reported blunt-force trauma on the victim’s body that they believe resulted from a the struggle with the intruder.

It was unclear if the suspect, described only as a male, stole anything from the apartment of if he was armed with a weapon.

A man identified as the victim's younger brother told ABC7 the victim walked with a cane.

“This guy maybe hit him, and that's why he died,” Oscar Mancia told the station.

The victim's wife was in the apartment at the time but was not injured. Police said the couple had been outside watching fireworks but were back inside their apartment when the attempted burglary occurred.

The male suspect, who was wearing a mask and dark clothing, fled the scene and remained at large Tuesday.

"The working theory right now is this was a burglary gone bad," LAPD Lieutenant Ryan Rabbett told CBS2. "We don't know exactly. We are talking to witnesses, talking to a family member who was inside the apartment with the victim."

City News Service and CBS Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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