Orinda police are looking for a person suspected of inflicting a life-threatening head injury to a 21-year-old Florida man found outside of a Camino Encinas residence reportedly rented for cash through Airbnb.
Investigators said the incident appears to have occurred in the area where a large party convened Friday evening. The victim was found beaten and unconscious in the parking area of a nearby home at 1:54 a.m. Saturday. The home, reportedly listed on Airbnb for roughly $875-a-night, was paid for in cash by the “hosts,” according to neighbors who declined to give their names.
Other neighbors on the street that night report that Moraga-Orinda Fire District personnel attempted to resuscitate the victim at the scene, initiating CPR soon after he was discovered outside the home, and transported him to John Muir Hospital. Investigators classified the victim’s injuries as “life threatening.”
Reports of “irresponsible driving” and loud music in the area the night of the incident were also provided by neighbors, who said the party – with people largely from Alameda County in attendance – appeared to have been going on for some time before the 21-year-old was found unconscious. Reports that the party went on for some time after the beating could not be confirmed.
Police said they received no calls of any disturbance in the area and were unaware of the partying until they received the call of a person in distress.
The name of the victim was not immediately available though friends writing this site have described him as a football player attending school in Florida.
Camino Encinas was shut down for several hours into Saturday morning while investigators searched for evidence.
A photograph of the suspect (taken from a cellphone) is shown. It was not immediately known if it was taken the night of the incident or at some other time.
The Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division would like to hear from anyone with any information on this incident.