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Man arrested after hitting a woman in the head with rebar

VICTORVILLE, Calif ( — A 29-year-old homeless man remains in jail after allegedly hitting a woman in the head with a metal rod (rebar), officials said.

It happened on June 23, 2020, at about 12:13 PM in the area of Palmdale and Borego Roads in Victorville. Emergency personnel responded to the area reference a female needing medical aid, officials said.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez the suspect, identified as Joseph Edward Simmons, hit the female victim in the head with a stick of rebar approximately 3-feet long. “[Simmons] began hitting the ambulance with the rebar and then began throwing a baseball at the fire truck,” stated Rodriguez.

When deputies arrived they located the suspect inside of a liquor store near the scene.

Simmons was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for PC 245(A)(1) Assault With a Deadly Weapon. His bail is set at $250,000 and is scheduled for arraignment on July 7, 2020.

Rodriguez said the female victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and no injuries were sustained by medical and fire personnel. At this time it’s unknown if the victim knew the suspect.

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