In Santa Clarita, CA, a man in his late sixties was assaulted while on
a bus. The
assault took place on October 5th while the bus was still at the Valencia Transit Center. The victim was
said to have suffered injuries to his face and head and the Santa Clarita
Valley Sheriff's Station stated that this was a "particularly
On Wednesday, October 31st, the suspect in this case was arrested in Encino. He has been booked in
to the sheriff's station in Santa Clarita and is being held on a $30,000
bail. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, a felony
under California law.
According to the California Penal Code §240-248 (2011), simple assault
is defined as the unlawful attempt to injure another person. This type
of assault is usually charged as a misdemeanor and can result in up to
six months in jail or a fine of up to $1,000. The difference between assault
and battery is that battery is the willful use of violence towards the
victim. The penalties for battery are more harsh, with fines of up to
$2,000 and up to six months in jail, depending on the case.
The penal code also states that if the assault was committed with a deadly
weapon, the penalties will increase. They could be punished by being placed
in state prison for up to four years or county jail for up to one year.
On top of this, someone convicted of assault with a deadly weapon could
be fined up to $10,000. It remains to be seen what the outcome of this
case will be and whether the suspect will be convicted.
If you are facing charges of assault or another
violent crime, please
contact our team at Martinian & Associates Inc. as soon as possible. Learn how we could
fight to defend you!