I was pulling into the office to edit the assignments when I heard activity over the scanner to police responding to an assault at 9th St. and Cedar St. I arrived on scene to find a man covered in blood after he was hit in the head from a bar or stick by an assailant that fled the scene. Firefighters and paramedics tended to the victim as other units searched the area. Police stopped a suspect, but they ended up being released after witnesses were unable to identify them as part of the incident. A little bit of excitement in the night. Not much details were available at the time. I took some pictures of the victim, but not knowing the cause of the incident I would rather use a shot of police investigating rather that exploiting the victim who was injured.
Chico Police officers Tony Ferreira (left) and Kevin Bartine (right) investigate the scene where a victim of an assault at 9th St. and Cedar St. who was beaten in the head by a suspect who fled the scene shortly after 7:00pm Thursday, March 25, 2010 in Chico, Calif. Witnesses were reported to have seen the male suspect with a possible bar or stick as a weapon and ran south towards Dayton Rd. after the attack. Officers were unable to apprehend the suspect at this time. There was no theft involved. The victim sustained head injuries. (Jason Halley/Chico Enterprise-Record)