Investigators have yet to entirely rule out the possibility the beating was a bias attack
After nearly two weeks on the run, the four people wanted by authorities in Vermont for their alleged roles in the fatal beating of a transgender man were apprehended in San Diego, California, Thursday night, PEOPLE confirms.
Police say Erik Averill, 21, Myia Barber, 22, Allison Gee, 25, and Jordan Paul, 21, all face murder charges after they allegedly attacked Amos Beede at a Burlington-based homeless encampment.
According to police, Beede was not homeless, but was at the camping site visiting friends the night he was assaulted.
A statement from police claims Beede died seven days after the May 22 beating in which he sustained blunt force trauma to the brain along with other injuries.
Investigators have yet to entirely rule out the possibility the beating was, in fact, a bias attack, a police spokesman tells PEOPLE.
Police in three states participated in a manhunt for Averill, Barber, Gee, and Paul, who fled Vermont following the assault.
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After a stop in Roswell, New Mexico, where local police detained Averill for an alleged domestic incident involving Barber, who is his girlfriend, the four headed for California, a police statement explains.
A police spokesmen claims the alleged beating was fueled by a dispute involving Beede and Averill, who allegedly recruited the three other defendants for the eventual onslaught.
Police claim the friction involved the vandalism of two tents – one, located at the encampment’s south side, was besmeared with feces while the other, near the northern side of the site, was befouled with urine.
Averill, Barber, Gee, and Paul are being held by Californian authorities on second-degree murder counts. Bail amounts for all four were unavailable Saturday as was information regarding the suspects’ defense attorneys.