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Palm Beach Gardens police discuss homicide of Bernard Fairman, arrest of suspect Daniel Harrigan

Posted: 9:05 AM, Oct 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-03 20:26:20Z
Gardens police discuss homicide of 77-y.o. man
Gardens police discuss homicide of 77-y.o. man

Palm Beach Gardens police have arrested a suspect in connection with the homicide of 77-year-old Bernard Fairman of Jupiter.

Fairman died after being brutally attacked in a shopping center parking lot on Sept. 11, 2018.

Fairman was walking out of the Stein Mart off U.S. 1 at 8 p.m. when police say he was robbed in the parking lot and brutally beaten.

Police have charged Daniel Michael Harrigan of Riviera Beach, 49, in Fairman's death.

During the attack, police say Harrigan knocked Fairman to the ground, causing him to strike the back of his head on the pavement. Fairman never regained consciousness.

Harrigan then struggled with a second victim, a 69-year-old woman. Harrigan threw her to the ground and robbed her of her purse.

Police say a third victim, a 67-year-old man, attempted to intercede and was struck in the of the head by Harrigan, who then fled on foot with the purse.

Police say another citizen followed Harrigan and snatched the purse away from him, but was unable to apprehend him.

Harrigan was arrested on Tuesday in Riviera Beach.

Harrigan is charged with first-degree murder, robbery and aggravated battery of a person over the age of 65. Harrigan has over 25 arrests dating back to 1985. He is being held without bond.