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Second man wanted in connection with Leytonstone pensioner death

Tomas Asmekas is being sought by police following the death of Evaldas Simanaitis in October

Tomas Asmekas (inset left) is being sought by police in connection with the death of Evaldas Simanaitis (inset right), Credit: Met Police

Police have released an image of a second man they are looking to trace in connection with the assault and subsequent death of a Leytonstone pensioner.

Detectives investigating the incident are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Tomas Asmekas, 24. Police believe Tomas was in the area at the time of the incident that led to the death of Evaldas Simanaitis.

Evaldas, 68, was punched to the ground by a suspected car thief outside his Matcham Road home on 16th October.

Police found him with serious injuries and the London Ambulance Service took him to hospital in a critical condition. Despite the efforts of medical staff, Simanaitis died on 26th October.

He was found after police arrested a 25-year-old man after hearing reports of two men breaking into cars on Boundary Lane, E13 at 4.45am on 16th October.

The suspected car thief was found to be in possession of a car key registered to a Matcham Road address.

Following a review of CCTV footage, police established that Evaldas had been injured outside of his home.

Detective inspector Aytac Necati, from the Met’s specialist Crime Command, said: “I would urge you to look closely at the image we have released today. We need to speak with this man as a matter of urgency about the events that night.

“Mr Simanaitis’s family are facing Christmas without him. Please put yourselves in their place. Someone knows where this man is; please do the right thing and contact us.

“If anyone saw or heard anything on Boundary Lane or Matcham Road in the early hours of 16 October, but has not yet spoken with police, I ask them to please come forward.”

The police have said not to approach Tomas if he is spotted in public and instead call 999.

If you have information relating to Tomas’ whereabouts please call 101 quoting reference 847/16Oct.

To remain 100% anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.