Crime - Sacto 911

Man sought in Watt Avenue gas station attack on 85-year-old man who later died

Man wanted for questioning in gas station attack.
Man wanted for questioning in gas station attack. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man they believe beat an elderly man at a gas station on Watt Avenue.

Lawrence Wayne Windham, 85, of Sacramento later died at home. The county Coroner’s Office is investigating his death to determine the cause.

Deputies went to the AM/PM gas station, 3921 Watt Ave., near Auburn Boulevard about 1 p.m. Dec. 12 after dispatchers were told a man needed medical attention. The caller said the man was assaulted near the gas pumps.

Deputies found Windham with facial injuries. He refused medical attention, telling deputies he was already heading to a doctor before he was attacked.

At home that night, Windham complained of discomfort and later died, authorities said.

Deputies said Windham pulled up to a gas pump close to the vehicle of the man who is suspected of hitting him.

The younger man confronted Windham and struck him more than once in the face, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release. Sheriff’s officials, while unsure of the attacker’s race, described him as a man in his mid-20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with bushy black hair, a mustache and a beard.

He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and a white T-shirt. A female passenger was in the attacker’s light-colored, four-door sedan.

Detectives ask anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP. Tips may also be left anonymously at or by calling 916-874-8477.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews