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  • Gerald Smith, along with his brother, is suspected of killing a man who stopped to help a woman being attacked by the Smiths.

  • Jared Smith is suspected in killing a man who stopped to help another person in Fresno.

Fresno Bee: Good Samaritan dies in vicious beating on Fresno street

Published: Friday, Jul. 4, 2014 - 10:15 am

A bicyclist trying to be a good Samaritan was targeted early Monday in a brutal beating that ended in his death at Belmont and Calaveras avenues, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said Thursday.

Nathan Halsted, 49, died after being beaten senseless by twin brothers when he came to the aid of a woman being assaulted by the suspects, Dyer said.

At a news conference, police showed a video that depicted Halsted being punched, kicked and stomped. The suspects then fled, and the victim was run over by a motorist who did not see him while driving through the area. The brothers, Gerald and Jared Smith, 18, also attacked a another man on foot and a motorist who tried to stop the mayhem.

The two now face allegations of murder and assault. Gerald Smith was arrested about 2 p.m. Wednesday, and police caught up to his brother, Jared, about 5 1/2 hours later. Both were being held in Fresno County Jail.

Dyer said the two "were like animals pursuing prey."

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