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 violent" assault.
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.