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Man arrested in brutal North Park hammer attack

Louis Cedarholm, 29, entered a North Park auto shop and assaulted a man with a hammer 13 times to the head.
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CW6 San Diego

A brutal attack on Monday which left a victim in critical condition has led to the arrest of a suspect.

The assault took place at Jack’s Muffler Service on University Avenue near Mississippi Street in North Park Sunday evening.

The victim, identified as Henry Rader (pictured left) was eating in the service bay alone, when the suspect approached him and began striking him in the head with a hammer.

Surveillance video shows the assailant, now identified as Louis Cedarholm, 29, hitting Rader in the head seven times, dropping him to the floor.

Cedarholm then walked through the service bay without taking anything, before he went back to assault Rader six more times in the head, San Diego Police Department Officer John Buttle said.

The attacker then left the business, putting the weapon into his backpack and leaving his victim for dead.

A passerby called 911 after seeing the Rader on the ground. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he suffered bleeding from the brain, skull and facial fractures, lacerations, and missing teeth.

The victim is using a ventilator to assist in breathing, but doctors don’t consider his injuries life threatening according to Officer Buttle.

The victim’s family has started a GoFundMe page in order to help with medical costs, their $10,000 goal has already reached $7,050 as of this writing.

"He will need multiple surgeries and lengthy rehabilitation time and will be unable to work for some time," the page said.

Doctors say Rader will loose an eye as a result of the attack.