A 39-year-old California City man who had been called a person of interest in a Lancaster homicide was arrested on suspicion of murder this week and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Manuel Berryman was arrested about noon in Palmdale and was being held at the sheriff’s Lancaster Station, according to the sheriff’s department.
Berryman had been wanted for questioning in the Jan. 3 killing of 61-year-old Frank Borsotti of Lancaster at a Jack in the Box restaurant in the 43000 block of 10th Street West, according to the sheriff’s department.
Deputies were sent around 12:45 p.m. that day to the parking lot of the restaurant to investigate a report of an assault, according to the sheriff’s department.
“Upon the deputies’ arrival, they found the victim on the ground suffering from obvious trauma,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.
Borsotti died at a hospital about five hours later. His cause of death was blunt force head trauma, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
A deputy at the Sheriff’s Information Bureau confirmed Berryman’s arrest but said additional details were not immediately available.