Police are conducting a homicide investigation into the death of a man whose badly beaten body was found in a room at the Gastineau Apartments on Monday.
The victim was identified this morning as Daniel Morgan Brux, also known as Daniel Brown, 36. His street nickname was ``Cyclops,'' police said.
Brux was well known to habitues of Juneau's downtown, said Sgt. Ron Forneris of the Juneau Police Department.
``He has been around for years and was most often seen on the street, but on the other hand he had an apartment,'' Forneris added.
He described Brux as white, 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 180 pounds. He usually wore an eye patch over his blind eye, Forneris said.
A maintenance person for the apartment building at 127 S. Franklin St. responded to a report of a difficulty in one of the rooms on Monday and found the body of Brux, a tenant, police said. The police department was summoned about 11:42 a.m. Monday.
Preliminary investigation indicates Brux was the victim of a severe beating sometime over the past weekend, police said.
A man answering the apartment building's phone today said police had told him not to answer any questions.
Cab Co. dispatcher Tom Peters, whose office is near the Gastineau Apartments, checked his records of calls back to Saturday night and could find no pickups or deliveries to the apartment building.
Victims of apparent foul play are typically taken to the state crime lab in Anchorage for autopsy. State medical examiner Dr. Michael Propst of Anchorage was out of his office today and could not be reached for comment.
Brux had been in some skirmishes with the law. In July 1999, he was found guilty of disorderly conduct stemming from an offense on March 21. Then, in December 1999 he was found guilty of assault stemming from an incident on Oct. 18. At the same time, Brux was found guilty of violation of conditions of probation.
He served some of his sentence at a Gastineau Human Services halfway house, where operations director Andy Swanston said, ``He had a completely unremarkable stay, with no incident reports; he was real quiet.''
Anyone with information that may be related to this case should call JPD at 586-0600 or the Juneau Crime Line at 586-4243.
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