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Elderly man struck with rock in face and hit with a mop stick; suspect arrested

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Victorville police say an 80-year-old man was assaulted with a rock and broomstick during an argument.

Jamie Soriano, 38, of Victorville, was involved in an argument with family members at a residence in the 16300 block of Wimbleton Drive in Victorville.

Mara Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the Victorville Police Department, said the elderly relative tried to stop the argument and Soriano threw a rock, weighing approximately 2 lbs., at the victim, striking him in the face.

“He then hit the victim several times with a mop stick,” stated Rodriguez.

Soriano fled the house but was located by deputies nearby. He was arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon and causing harm to an elderly person.

Rodriguez said the elderly victim refused medical treatment.

According to public court documents, since 2015, Soriano has had multiple run-ins’ with law enforcement and court convictions including Obstructing/Resisting an Executive Officer, Violation of Community Supervision, Criminal Threats and Criminal Trespassing.

In August 2017, Soriano pleaded not guilty to a charge of Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse and Battery on a Person. The Abuse charge was dismissed and a judge found him guilty of Battery and sentenced him to 90 days in jail along with 3 years misdemeanor probation.

During his latest conviction in November 2017, Soriano was arrested for Felony Vandalism and was sentenced by a judge to 1 year and 4 months in county prison with 69 days conduct credit. He was placed on probation and granted early restitution during a court hearing on April 19, 2018, court records showed.

Soriano is currently being held in lieu of a $125,000 bail and pled not guilty to all charges during his in-custody arraignment on September 26, 2018.

He is scheduled for a pre-preliminary hearing in a Victorville courtroom on October 1, 2018.

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