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Arrest of Winterhaven man stemmed from attack, sergeant says

March 23, 2010|By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer

WINTERHAVEN — A resident suspected of trying to kill a man with a hammer at an Ironwood Drive home here had been under investigation for several weeks, an Imperial County Sheriff’s sergeant said Monday.

Blasé Anthony Smith was arrested late Friday for his alleged role in a Feb. 18 afternoon attack of someone who Smith and his brother allegedly chased to the home in the 600 block of Ironwood Drive, sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Sheppeard said.

Witness statements linked Smith to the beating that allegedly involved both Smith and his brother, who was not arrested, Sheppeard said, but is being investigated.

Smith is suspected of using the hammer on the alleged victim while his brother was attacking him, Sheppeard said. The attack was apparently over a woman. Smith’s brother and the alleged victim were apparently seeing the same woman, Scott said.

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In spite of his initial denials about what his alleged involvement, Smith had made “some admissions” to sheriff’s deputies during a subsequent interview which led to his arrest on a single charge of attempted homicide.

The alleged victim in the case suffered what Scott described as graze wounds on his head but is recovering.

Smith, who Scott said has prior misdemeanor offenses in his record, is at county jail with bail set at $1 million.

>> Staff Writer Silvio J. Panta be reached at 760-337-3442 or at spanta@ivpressonline.com

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