Grandfather, 69, Dies 3 Days After He Was Punched During An Argument Outside Starbucks

Grandfather, 69, Dies 3 Days After He Was Punched During An Argument Outside Starbucks

River Baumann, 20, was arrested on Wednesday on one charge of voluntary manslaughter

A 69-year-old man has died after an argument outside of a Starbucks in Rocklin, California, turned physical. According to PEOPLE, Robert Ketner was injured during an argument outside of the coffee shop, his family said. The Rocklin Police Department said in a crime report that the incident occurred around mid-day on Sunday in the parking lot of Starbuck, 5000 Rocklin Road where "two males were involved in a physical fight. As a result of the physical confrontation, one male sustained serious injuries. The suspect was located and subsequently arrested." Ketner was taken off life support on Wednesday three days later after he was injured.



"The victim was punched and he fell to the ground sustaining an injury to his head and he never regained consciousness," Rocklin Detective Zack Lewis told CBS13. River Baumann was initially arrested but later released on bail. The 20-year-old was rearrested on Wednesday on one charge of voluntary manslaughter. His bail is currently set at $250,000. Baumann is due in court on November 3. "I just can’t believe it," Starbucks customer Beverly Pilcher said.



The victim's family said Ketner had been trying to tell Baumann to turn down his loud music. "He was kind of sitting outside, drinking his latte when the vehicle of some sort came by," an unidentified family member explained to FOX40. "It was like really loud music; people were complaining about it. So, he pointed out, like, which car it was and asked them to turn their music down." But things got heated. By the time cops arrived at the scene, Ketner was unconscious. He was taken to a nearby hospital but never woke up. "Whatever the argument was, no one deserves to lose their life," said Rocklin Police Cpl. Zack Lewis. "So, it’s a sad thing that we have to experience this." A family member fondly remembered Ketner as "a very funny man, very caring, very loving, very, sweet. It’s devastating. We all loved him so much. He was an amazing man who cared for us deeply. He is loved by a lot of different people. It’s really hard to kind of process that he’s gone now."



According to Ketner's obituary: He has lived in Citrus Heights, CA for 42 years. He was an avid motorcycle rider. He enjoyed being a grandfather & great-grandfather. He loved telling funny stories & hanging around with friends. He is survived by his wife Nancy Schwab-Ketner (Citrus Heights, CA), brother William S. Ketner, Jr. (Valparaiso, IN), sister Sandra K. (Ketner) Bloom (Harrisburg, PA), son Wm. Scott Sullivan (Ocala, FL), daughter Tracy (Sullivan) Wofford (Creekside, PA), step-son Anthony Capizzi (Nokesville, VA), 8 grandchildren, & 3 great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life is being planned. Memorial contributions may be made to The National Motorcycle Safety Fund.



Loved ones honored the late grandfather by posting tributes. Thomas A Twinchek wrote: Bob was a great, close, dear friend as we were growing up in our teens in Blairsville Pennsylvania. I was deeply saddened to hear of this tragedy. I have many fond memories of motorcycle riding and hunting , working on cars and of course the Cicero's roller rink in Blairsville, all shared with Bob and friends alike. He will be sorely missed by Patty and I . Thomas and Patricia Twinchek Blairsville, Pennsylvania. Patti Glassburner said to be a coworker, added: He was a kind gentle soul. May he Rest In Peace. God bless his family❤

On Thursday, the Rocklin Starbucks temporarily closed after learning of Ketner's death.


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