Cops: Reported mugging at Grass Valley bank unfounded
A reported mugging at a downtown Grass Valley bank has turned into a case of the alleged victim having attacked two juveniles, according to the police.
The man reportedly told friends he had been beaten and robbed of his money at Chase Bank in the 200 block of South Church Street.
But a witness to the incident told Grass Valley Police officers the alleged victim attacked two teens without apparent provocation, said Sgt. Joe Matteoni.
“None of the involved parties called 911,” Matteoni said.
According to the witness, the 15-year-old girl and the 17-year-old boy were walking down the street when the man, who was in a vehicle, started yelling at them and asking them what they were looking at.
The man reportedly got out of his vehicle to confront the pair and pushed the girl, who fell down. The boy then reportedly attacked him, causing unspecified injuries.
Police officers responding to a call of a physical fight at just after 2:15 p.m. Sunday made a traffic stop of the male driver, and the man reportedly said he had been attacked for no reason. He told them he did not want to press charges, Matteoni said.
A witness, who did not want to provide further information, subsequently called the police to say the man attacked the juveniles first and that the boy attacked him in self-defense. Another caller identified the juveniles, who were contacted and provided a similar statement.
The girl was arrested on suspicion of violating probation, because she was on home detention, Matteoni said.
The Grass Valley Police officer investigating the case will ask that battery charges be filed against the adult, Matteoni added.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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