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Man Who Died After Being Hit With A Skateboard Is Revealed To Be Registered Sex Offender

| by Zara Zhi
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A man who was fatally struck over the head with a skateboard outside of Starbucks has been identified as a registered sex offender.

According to witnesses, Ozro Robert Lee, 50, was pestering people outside of a Starbucks in Santa Ana, California, on Nov. 24, before he started punched the coffee shop's window, KTLA reports.

Lee then entered the store and aggressively approached a 20-year-old skater, witnesses said. The skater hopped to his feet and hit the man over the head with his board.

Lee died at the scene, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said at the time. The Orange County coroner’s office just released Lee’s name over the Nov. 27 weekend.

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Lee was a registered sex offender, and his offenses include annoying or molesting a child after illegal entry into inhabited dwelling and indecent exposure with prior conviction for the offense, according to records obtained by KTLA.

Lee was also sentenced to four years imprisonment after being convicted of breaking into a house and masturbating in front of a semi-paralyzed grandmother and her two young granddaughters in 2012, the Orange County Register reported at the time.

It is uncertain how much time he spent incarcerated or when he was released.

Jocelyn Martinez was inside the Starbucks during the fatal incident, and she recounted the series of events to KTLA. 

“He just came abruptly into the store, looked at the kid, and said, 'Did I stutter?'" Martinez said. "He took a step forward towards the kid as if he were going to attack him, and that’s when the kid hit him with the skateboard.”

At first, the skateboarder, who remains anonymous, ran from the Starbucks after the conflict, but he later returned and is cooperating with law enforcement. He has not yet been detained, and Lee’s cause of death has not yet been verified.  

Sources: KTLA, Orange County Register / Photo credit: Orange County District Attorney's Office via Orange County Register