LAKESIDE — A man found suffering from near-fatal head injuries in Lakeside Friday afternoon, later died and another is in custody facing a murder charge for the crime, according to a press release from the Coos County District Attorney's Office.
According to the press release, at about 3 p.m., the Coos County 911 Center received a call that a serious assault had taken place in the parking lot of a supermarket located in the 200 block of South Eighth Street in Lakeside.
Medical and law enforcement personnel responded to the scene where they found 55-year-old Lakeside resident Randy Eugene Bendel suffering what appeared to be life-threatening injuries to his head. Bendel was rushed to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay where he died of his injuries about 5:33 p.m.
The Coos County Major Crime Team was then activated and officers from the Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos Bay Police Department, North Bend Police Department, Bandon Police Department, Oregon State Police, Coquille Police Department, Coos County Medical Examiner's Office and District Attorney's Office responded to the scene. Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's deputies from the Reedsport area also responded to the initial call.
Based on witness interviews at the scene, a suspect in the homicide was identified as Kentaurus Eagle, Rondeau, 31, of Lakeside. A search for Rondeau was conducted and a pickup truck, identified as Rondeau's was found four blocks away. Coos Bay Police K9 officer DAK was called to where the truck was found to try and track Rondeau's scent, according to the release. The K9 officer lost the track and officers suspected that Rondeau may have been picked up by someone else and transported away from the truck's location.
Police then went to Rondeau's last known address and did not find Rondeau at the address. Officers remained at the residence interviewing other people present into the evening. About 9:30 p.m., police said Rondeau arrived at his residence to "turn himself in" to officers at the scene. Rondeau was then arrested and booked into the Coos County Jail in Coquille on a charge of murder.
Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier would like to talk with one or more “good Samaritans” who assisted a dying man. Frasier noted that Bendel and Rondeau were acquainted and that investigators were working to determine the nature of their association, according to a second press release sent on Sunday.
Frasier said in the release that one or more people tried to assist the fatally injured Bendel but left the area once medical personnel arrived without providing any names to authorities. Frasier would like to speak with these good Samaritans — or anyone else who was in the parking lot of the McKay Store between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday
The case is still under investigation by the Coos County Sheriff's Office and the Major Crime Team. Anyone who has any information about the homicide is asked to contact the CCSO at 541-396-7800. No other details have been released at this time.