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December 19, 2013
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Nevada City man arrested after alleged crutch assault

A Nevada City man ended up in jail after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with his father, striking him at one point with a metal crutch.

Eric Theodore Hassan-Babin had been living at his father’s residence, on the 11000 block of Red Dog Road, in a room with separate access to the outside that he kept locked, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

His father reportedly heard the sound of breaking glass at about 7 p.m. Wednesday and unlocked the door so he could check on the room.

Hassan-Babin “became enraged” and hit his 70-year-old father in the face, Royal said.

The victim, who was carrying a flashlight, reportedly swung it at Hassan-Babin, hitting him in the face. The son then reportedly picked up a metal crutch and used it to hit his father in the neck and shoulder.

Hassan-Babin called 911 to report a medical emergency, then called back to report he didn’t need rescue but he needed someone to help him get blood off the floor, according to dispatch reports.

The father was treated and released at the scene, while the son was taken to the hospital, treated and then released to the sheriff’s office.

Hassan-Babin, 39, was booked into county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse and was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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