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Charge filed in cane attack
A criminal complaint has been filed in Yuma Justice Court against the 44-year-old Yuma man who allegedly struck another man on the head with a cane Sunday, charging him with one felony offense.
Yuma Justice of the Peace Greg Stewart informed Paul John (P.J.) Talarico II during a brief arraignment hearing that after reviewing the allegations against him, the Yuma County Attorney’s Office decided to charge him with one felony count of aggravated assault.
In addition to ordering that his bond remain at the $50,000 Stewart had set during a previous hearing, he appointed an attorney to represent Talarico. His next court date is a preliminary hearing set for 4 p.m. April 4.
Talarico, according to court records, is currently on probation for three separate misdemeanor cases from two different cases. Two of the probations were issued out of the Tucson Municipal Court and one is from Yuma Municipal Court.
According to the Yuma Police Department, just before 4 p.m. on the day of the incident a witness called in a report of a man bleeding profusely from the head in the area of 6th Street and Orange Avenue. Witnesses told police that another man had hit the victim with a large stick and then fled into a nearby apartment building.
Officers searched the area, found the suspect hiding in one of the apartments and arrested him without incident. Talarico was booked into the Yuma County jail on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.
The victim was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.