Police arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly assaulting and robbing a man outside The Partisan bar Saturday on Main Street.
Witnesses to the assault contacted police and said the man, Jared Jarvis, 27, was back in the bar Monday night, said Lt. Andre Matthews of the Merced Police Department.
After a brief investigation, officers arrested Jarvis early Tuesday, and later he was identified by the victim of the assault, Matthews said.
The victim suffered moderate injuries from the assault and required medical treatment but is recovering, Matthews said.
The assault and robbery occurred about 10:40 p.m. Saturday outside the back entrance to the bar, according to Lt. Bimley West of the Merced Police Department.
While the victim was talking on his phone, Jarvis allegedly hit him on the head, causing the victim to fall to the ground, according to West.
The assailant then punched the victim in the face several times and started kicking his face and head, according to West.
After taking the victim's cell phone, the attacker ran through the alley behind the bar toward Canal Street, according to West. Officers searched the downtown area where the crime occurred but couldn't find the suspect that night.
The victim was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Riggs Ambulance Service to be treated for his injuries, said Sgt. Alan Ward.
A friend of the victim who was at the bar with him the night of the assault said his friend was out back for about five minutes before it happened.
The victim's injuries are still evident but are getting better, the victim's friend said.
"He's in good spirits," he said. "He still looks horrible, but as long as the swelling goes down, he should be OK."
Jarvis is in custody on suspicion of aggravated battery, which is a felony, Matthews said. More charges might be added after evaluation by the district attorney's office.
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