PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating three suspects wanted for questioning in connection with the brutal murder of a Santa Monica man who was beaten severely and left for dead on a Pico Neighborhood sidewalk back in May.

Preston Brumfield, unconscious, was found by police in the 1900 block of 20th Street on May 11. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on May 16, police said. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office declared the death a homicide.

With the help of witnesses, detectives on Sunday released composite sketches of three African-American males who were seen in the area at the time Brumfield was attacked.

The first suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 25 and 30, 5-foot-10 to 6-foot, weighing between 190 and 200 pounds with short dark hair and a beard. The second suspect is described as a black male, 20 to 25 years of age, standing around 5-foot-3, weighing 140 to 150 pounds with braided dark hair and a goatee. The third suspect is a black make, 28 to 32 years of age, between 5-foot-11 and 6-foot-1, weighing 215 to 230 pounds with short dark hair and a goatee.

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Anyone with information on the suspects is encouraged to call Detectives John Henry or Michael Bambrick of the Santa Monica Police Department’s Robbery/Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8451, or anonymously at the SMPD’s tip line at (310) 458-8449.

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