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Local News in Brief : 2 Van Nuys Men Held in Fatal Bludgeoning

September 05, 1986

Two Van Nuys men have been arrested in connection with the bludgeoning death of a transient after an argument in a Van Nuys parking lot, Los Angeles police said Thursday.

Arrested Wednesday night at their apartments were Jesse Silva, 21, and Sergio Vega, 26.

Patrol officers on July 31 quelled a midnight argument in a parking lot at Fulton Avenue and Victory Boulevard involving Silva, Vega and a third man, Joseph McNichols, Detective Hugh Despain said.

Police received a second disturbance call at 1:30 a.m. and found McNichols, 22, a transient living in the Van Nuys area, face down. Part of his skull was caved in, Despain said.

McNichols, who had been attacked with a chunk of loose concrete, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he died Aug. 10 from the head injuries, Despain said.

Silva and Vega were being held without bail in County Jail.

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