According to the police report, two men attacked Mr. Cronin as he stepped outside his insurance brokerage at 1100 Alma St. in Menlo Park around 9:45 p.m. on March 26. He was able to contact his wife after the attack, who took him to a local hospital, where he was released in stable condition following treatment, but he died on May 30.
The assailants were both described as Hispanic and about 5-foot-8-inches tall, with short hair and thin builds, and investigators released a sketch of one suspect. Police said Mr. Cronin wasn't able to confirm whether anything was stolen.
Questions surrounding the incident have left those working in the same building uneasy. One worker said that as the attack reportedly took place as Mr. Cronin carried out the garbage that night, he has concerns about his own safety.
"The building is right next to Caltrain; there's a lot of transient activity there and it may not be quite as safe as other parts of Menlo Park, I think," he said. "It's a public matter. I understand the family needs privacy, but it's a public safety issue."
The night of the incident, those working nearby reportedly were unaware that anything unusual had taken place, he said.
The investigation remains ongoing, according to police.
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