OAKLAND — A man already being tried in a similar but non-fatal assault has been charged with murder in the December 13th skateboarding of a man sleeping on the sidewalk in the Temescal District of North Oakland. of death, according to the authorities and the court records.
Joshua Strowman, 36, of Oakland, was charged Friday with the murder of 40-year-old Kenyon Graham, a homeless man, with a massive head injury at the 500 block of 45th Street near Telegraph Avenue at around 12:44 a.m. was found dead.
According to court documents, Strowman was the person who called 9-1-1 to report the attack but did not give his name.
Based on phone calls and video surveillance, police determined that Strowman, who listed an address in the 4400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, was the alleged killer. He was arrested on Thursday afternoon from the 800 block of 45th Street, just a few blocks from where the assault took place. Documents say he was carrying a skateboard that police believe was used in the attack, as well as a cell phone believed to be called 9-1-1.
According to the documents, Strowman has admitted his involvement in the attack. Police said the men knew each other but did not disclose the reason for the murder.
Strowman was being held without bail at Santa Rita Prison and was scheduled to appear on Monday morning.
Strowman is also facing trial for attacking a man in the head with a skateboard in Palo Alto on June 21, according to officials, who hospitalized the victim. Palo Alto police said in a news release at the time that the victim, a man in his 40s, did not know Strowman — who listed an East Palo Alto address at the time — or why he had been targeted.
The victim was with his mother when he was attacked in the courtyard of the Opportunity Center at 33 Encina Avenue. Police identified Strowman as the suspect; He was arrested in East Palo Alto on June 25 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon on June 28. According to court records, he did not file a petition on his statement on June 29 and was placed on supervised release.
Staff writer Robert Salonga contributed to this report.