Man Injured Breaking Up Argument In La Mesa

Jared Shelton Arrested On Suspicion Of Assault, Vandalism

A 23-year-old man was in custody Wednesday for attacking a man who intervened in a verbal argument that the accused was having with his girlfriend in a convenience store parking lot in unincorporated La Mesa, authorities said.

Jared Steven Shelton and his girlfriend were arguing outside the 7-Eleven at 4610 Avocado Blvd. around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when a second man recognized the woman and came to her defense, San Diego County sheriff's Detective William Kerr said.

The intervention angered Shelton, who left the parking lot on foot but returned a short time later in his car armed with a jack handle, Kerr said.

Shelton found the victim inside the woman's parked car and used the jack handle to strike him repeatedly, according to Kerr, who said the blows caused multiple injuries, including facial fractures.

The woman drove off during the attack with the victim still in her car and crashed into a brick wall a short distance away, Kerr said.

The victim got out of the woman's car after the crash and walked back to the store parking lot to call for help, while the woman drove to Shelton's residence, he said, adding that Shelton was also later located at his home and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.

The vandalism charge stems from damage Shelton allegedly caused to the victim's car after the woman drove off.