Nevada City man arrested after alleged crutch assault |

Nevada City man arrested after alleged crutch assault

Eric Hassan-Babin

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.

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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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