Suspect sought in beating death of Phoenix man

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PHOENIX -- A 69-year-old man who was severely beaten and bound in his apartment on April 24 has died and Phoenix police are still searching for the suspect.

According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, Emmett C. Velten invited the suspect to his apartment near Central and Hoover avenues, which is between Thomas and McDowell roads, after meeting earlier in the morning.

The suspect beat and bound Velten then fled in the victim's 2007 Toyota Rav4.

Velten was able to drag himself out of the apartment where a neighbor found him and called police. He was taken to a local hospital and died last week. The suspect is still on the loose.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20 to 25 years old, clean shaven with brown hair. He was wearing a bright green baseball hat and a black-and-white checkered short-sleeved button-up shirt at the time of the assault. He also was carrying a black messenger bag.
Velten's vehicle was recovered on April 27 near Glendale and 35th avenues.

Phoenix police released video of the suspect in an elevator and are asking for the public's help to identify him.

Anyone with information about the homicide or suspect is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.