EUGENE, Ore. -- Police arrested two roommates in the murder of a homeless man whose bloody body was found not far from a playground in a city park last month after one of the men allegedly confessed to a friend who later called police.
Herbert Taylor Bishop, 56, also known by his street name "Pac-Man," was murdered in the early morning hours of May 11. His bloody body was found later that day not far from the waterfront bike path and children's playground in Skinner Butte Park.
On Tuesday night, Eugene Police Violent Crimes Unit detectives arrested Michael Andrew Baughman, 22, and Ryan Eugene Casch, 22, both of Eugene, on suspicion of murder.
The two are roommates and live just a block and a half away from where Bishops bloody dead body was found last month.Casch has a prior felony conviction for assault involving a baseball bat
However, police think Herbert was beat to death by bare hands. "We don't have any evidence that a weapon was used," said Detective Jeff Donaca. "The indication is that he was beaten to death."
A break in the case came this week when one of the men admitted the crime to a friend, according to police. The friend told police.
Police now believe the murder happened sometime after midnight on May 11. They won't say if Bishop was awake or asleep during the attack or if alcohol was involved.
There's no indication the men knew Bishop. Detectives said this was most likely a random act.