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Arrest made after man is beaten over head with bat

Michael Raymond Bonilla, 18, of Merced was arrested Sunday afternoon on charges of assault with a deadly weapon likely to produce great bodily injury, criminal threats, and gang enhancements following an incident with a baseball bat in the 1700 block of Rose Avenue.

Lt. Floyd Higdon of the Merced Police Department said Victor Gabriel Montez, 33, of Oakdale was struck on the forehead with a baseball bat. A 17-year-old boy also struck Montez with his fists in the 3:44 p.m. incident.

Higdon said it was learned Montez was with an unidentified friend when Bonilla approached him carrying the baseball bat and verbally threatening him. Bonillia swung the baseball bat at Montez, who was able to deflect the blow with his arm, but was still struck on the forehead. Montez was able to take the bat away from Bonillia.

Bonilla left the scene as he heard police sirens approaching. The juvenile fled to a nearby house where he was later contacted. The juvenile was issued a citation for assault and battery and released to his father. The case will be referred to the Merced County Juvenile Probation Department.

Bpnillia was located by officers Gerald Bonhanan and Vance Walker at Laurel Avenue and Ashwood Drive, where he was detained. Montez was driven there where a positive identification was made, Higdon said.

Bonillia was booked into Merced County Jail where he remains in lieu of $80,000 bail, according to a correctional official. Montez was treated and released for a minor injury to his head by medical personnel at the scene.

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