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Police make arrest in downtown Modesto alley attack

Modesto police announce arrest in alley beating

Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear announces that an arrest was made in the May 6, 2019 assault at 4th and I Street in Modesto.
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Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear announces that an arrest was made in the May 6, 2019 assault at 4th and I Street in Modesto.

Police have arrested a suspect in the downtown Modesto alley beating Tuesday that left a man hospitalized in critical condition.

Martel Hill, 26, of Modesto is behind bars, facing felony charges of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, as well as parole violation. Bail is set at $25,000.

The victim, a man in his 40s whose name has not been released, is in stable condition at Doctors Medical Center, the Modesto Police Department said.

Witnesses gave police Hill’s name, MPD spokeswoman Sharon Bear said, and he was taken into custody without incident Tuesday afternoon.

The initial call to emergency dispatch, at 2:11 p.m. Monday, was that a man was lying in an alley at Fourth and I streets, possibly an assault victim. Responding officers found the victim unconscious, with obvious severe trauma to his head and body, Lt. Jason Grogan said Tuesday.

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There were witnesses to the attack, but none called 911, police said. The person who called apparently came upon the man on the ground, but thought perhaps he was sleeping or passed out, police said. After perhaps 15 minutes without seeing the man move, the person decided to call, Grogan said.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636. Tips also can be submitted via www.stancrimetips.org.

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