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Security guard charged with felony battery after altercation with homeless man

A plastic shopping bag, scraps of paper and other debris remain on 19th Street between Q and S streets in Sacramento after emergency responders took a man to a local hospital Tuesday morning after he was found unconscious in the street.
A plastic shopping bag, scraps of paper and other debris remain on 19th Street between Q and S streets in Sacramento after emergency responders took a man to a local hospital Tuesday morning after he was found unconscious in the street. begel@sacbee.com

A security guard is in jail on a felony charge after a Tuesday morning altercation left a transient man unconscious and bleeding in a midtown street.

The man had been loitering in a Safeway store in a shopping center at 1800 19th St., Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Bryce Heinlein said, and was asked to leave several times.

A verbal confrontation turned physical when security guard Michael Johnson, 23, escorted the man out of the shopping center, and Johnson allegedly threw the man to the ground in the middle of 19th Street, causing a head injury and knocking him unconscious.

Police responded to a 911 call at about 10:20 a.m., and other first responders soon arrived to take the man to an area hospital. The man, who investigators initially thought had been hit by a car, suffered from serious injuries, according to Officer Linda Matthew, police spokeswoman.

Johnson was arrested and remains in custody on $500,000 bail for battery causing serious bodily injury, plus another $10,000 for probation violation. His arraignment hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The homeless man left behind a blood stain as well as a plastic Safeway shopping bag, scraps of paper and other debris. He had no weapons nor any form of identification.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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