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Man jailed after Escondido hatchet fight

Escondido police
Posted at 12:20 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 15:20:54-05

ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A 31-year-old man was jailed Tuesday on suspicion of seriously injuring another man with a hatchet during a fight at an Escondido transit center, police said.

Dispatchers received a call around 9:40 p.m. Monday from a person who reported that two men were fighting at the Escondido Transit Center on West Valley Parkway, west of Centre City Parkway, Escondido police Sgt. Mike Graesser said.

Officers responded to the scene and found both men near the transit center suffering from serious injuries, Graesser said.

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A hatchet was also found nearby and investigators believe both men hit each other with the hatchet during the fight, the sergeant said.

Both men were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening, Graesser said.

Exactly what prompted the fight remains unclear, but investigators were in the process of obtaining video from cameras at the transit center, Graesser said.

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One of the men, identified as 31-year-old Luis Bryan Perez, was later arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility around 7:35 a.m. today on suspicion of attempted murder, according to jail records.

The age of the other man was not immediately available.

Perez was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.