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Brutal beating last week in Kalamazoo did not occur in a vacuum

26-year-old Drew Thorngate
26-year-old Drew Thorngate

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- A Kalamazoo man suspected of a brutal beating on Rose Street last week has reportedly confessed.

He apparently told police that he beat the 30-year old with a baseball bat before lifting him into a dumpster and pouring bleach on the victim and on the crime scene to clean it up.

TV-8 Reports that 26-year-old Drew Thorngate has been arrested for a series of drug and alcohol related infractions since he was a teen. 

The court document suggested that the victim had communicated with Thorngate through Craig’s List, looking for a Massage but stood him up several times.

When they did finally meet, Thorngate used the baseball bat on him. The victim, who has not been identified, remains in critical condition.

Thorngate is scheduled for preliminary hearing a week from today.[wed]