Two boys, one 12 and the other 13, were arrested early Tuesday in connection with the homicide of an elderly San Luis Obispo man.
Gerald Oâ€™Malley, 87, was found dead in his mobile home at 145 South St. on Monday night. Police say Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s death was the result of head trauma, and they believe a skateboard was the murder weapon.
Earlier, witnesses reported seeing the two boys driving away from the South Street mobile home park around 4:30 p.m. in Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s green Ford Explorer. At 8:53 p.m. SLO police officers were flagged down at Higuera and Bridge streets by two people who said they had followed a Ford Explorer on 101 from Arroyo Grande because it was driving erratically and they suspected the driver was drunk.
Police then ran the plates, discovered the vehicle belonged to Oâ€™Malley, and went to his nearby home to investigate. There they found Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s body and began the homicide investigation. Itâ€™s unclear when Oâ€™Malley was murdered.
Police talked to local youths and other witnesses, which led them on a search for the two suspects. Police were familiar with the pair because they reportedly stole a tractor during an incident near the park last weekend.
Plain-clothed officers arrested the boys near Railroad Square around 1 a.m. The 13-year-old was charged with murder and the 12-year-old was charged with auto theft.
Police searched the home of the 13-year-old and seized a skateboard, but they have not confirmed that it is the murder weapon. Police did confirm both suspects live in San Luis Obispo.