With assistance from the public, Glendale police recently arrested a man suspected of assaulting 27-year-old U.S. Army veteran Adam McClure.
Ricky Loqui, 32, was arrested on August 29 and charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of disorderly conduct, police said.
Lisa McClure, the victim’s mother, described him at an August 28 recent press conference as “fun-loving” and “a great kid.” Adam had recently returned home from military service in Afghanistan, his second service tour out of the United States.
But at around 2:30 a.m. on August 17, Glendale police reported to calls of a fight at a Denny’s at 99th Avenue and Camelback Road. There they found McClure unconscious in the parking lot.
Having sustained a brain bleed and fractured nose, according to Lisa, Adam was then transported to a local hospital.
“As parents, we were always concerned for Adam’s safety during his two tours in Afghanistan, but it’s inconceivable for us to imagine that he would be a victim of such a heinous, unprovoked crime here at home,” she said.
According to his mother, Adam enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating high school in 2010. He then joined the Army National Guard as an infantryman and deployed to Afghanistan for a second tour last year. After this mission, he joined Operation Guardian Support to assist Border Patrol. He was in the midst of a Border Patrol application process when he was hospitalized.
Police said the night of the incident Adam had been out drinking with friends, when he had a confrontation with an unknown Hispanic man.
A verbal confrontation led to physicality, as police spokeswoman Tiffany Ngulala said at the August 28 press conference that Loqui threw a punch indoors, before both parties left the establishment.
After McClure and his friends left, the suspect and a group of others followed him to the parking lot, where the conflict continued, according to Ngulala.
The women with Adam managed to remove the suspect, but not before the victim sustained his life-threatening injuries.
“The suspect took another swing at Adam, where he was knocked unconscious. The suspect then got on top of him and attempted to continue assaulting him. He had to be pulled off of him,” Ngulala said.
With the help of several witnesses, police were able to identify the suspect as Loqui.
Lisa said at the press conference that Adam hardly remembers what happened that early morning, so she and other family members are feeding him a little more information each day.
“This will be a long journey for Adam as well as his family,” she said.