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Hikers respond with shock to attack at Gateway Trailhead

23-year-old Wesley Abeita allegedly attacked a girl whereas excessive earlier than burglarizing a metropolis automobile the following day, police mentioned.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A lady is recovering after Scottsdale police say she was attacked close to Gateway Trailhead on Monday evening. 

According to officers, the sufferer is within the hospital and can want surgical procedure after being brutally attacked by a person with a baseball bat.

“That’s scary because we always settle down in the car after a hike, especially me. I have to take off his dog shoes, his harness and give him water, so I’m always hanging around my car so that’s kind of concerning,” one hiker mentioned.

Scottsdale police recognized the suspect as 23-year-old Wesley Abeita. They mentioned he approached the sufferer in her automobile earlier than hitting her a number of occasions with the bat. 

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The subsequent day, police discovered Abeita after he was allegedly hiding out within the space and had damaged right into a metropolis automobile and stolen tools. 

“I do carry a taser, I carry a wand and also have a knife on my neck,” Dana Mariell, one other hiker mentioned.

Mariell makes certain she’s conscious of her environment. ‘

Police reported that Abeita was excessive on acid and meth at the time of the assault.

Officers mentioned the sufferer was in a position to get house earlier than her husband referred to as 911. She’s suffered facial fractures, two damaged bones, extreme bruising, swelling and a concussion.

Abeita is dealing with a number of expenses together with tried homicide, aggravated assault and property injury, he is scheduled in courtroom later this month.

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