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Police, coroner investigating death of homeless man beaten inside laundromat in Reading

Victim was repeatedly punched, kicked while seeking shelter from the cold

Police probing death of homeless man beaten inside laundromat

READING, Pa. - A homeless man who was repeatedly attacked as he sheltered himself from the cold inside a laundromat in Reading last month has died.

The man again sought shelter from the wintry weather Tuesday evening inside another business in the 1200 block of Spruce Street, police said.

When the business owner checked on him about an hour later, he found the man unresponsive and called 911, police said.

The man, whose identity has not yet been confirmed by authorities, was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

An autopsy was being conducted Wednesday afternoon to determine whether the man's death was caused in any way by the injuries he suffered in the attack, which was caught on surveillance video inside the Penn Street Laundromat on Jan. 12, police said.

The victim, who talked to 69 News after his release from the hospital, said he suffered brain injuries from being repeatedly punched and kicked.

Three people have been arrested and charged in the case. A fourth suspect, Floyd Patterson, is still being sought.

Anyone with information about Patterson's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to his arrest.


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