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Man attacked with skateboard

A Grass Valley man was seriously injured at Condon skate park Thursday as he reportedly tried to break up a fight and another man hit him in the head with a skateboard.

Joshua Harkins, 25, was in critical condition Friday, said Robin Montgomery, Sutter Roseville Medical Center spokeswoman.

Patrick Cronan, 20, accused of assaulting Harkins, was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 bail.



The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office charged Cronan on Friday with assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury.

Harkins, 25, was taken by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital at about 4:30 p.m. after police responded to a 911 caller who reported a fight broke out near skate area.




Harkins had been trying to stop an argument between other young men when Cronan allegedly struck him in the head with the skateboard, Grass Valley Police Sgt. Jason Perry said.

After his admittance to SNMH, Harkins was later taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, the closest trauma center.

Witnesses told police Cronan was responsible for the assault.

Police later tracked down Cronan at his workplace in Grass Valley and arrested him.

Police said they respond to several incidents at the park every week. Fights and drug activities are often reported by callers in the area, according to police logs.

Now that high school has let out, police say they expect the incidents to increase.

Cronan is expected to be arraigned next week in Nevada County Superior Court.

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To contact Staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@the union.com or call 477-4236.


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