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PD: Man arrested for assaulting paralyzed, mute man

Posted: 12:03 PM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 15:03:54-04
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PHOENIX — A man was arrested in South Phoenix for allegedly assaulting a paralyzed and mute man back in January.

On September 7, Phoenix police were called to a parking lot near Central and Southern avenues for a man with a bicycle staggering in the parking lot. There, police found Ernesto Estrada, 59, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Estrada was accused in January of punching a man who uses a wheelchair in the face. A witness at the time reportedly told police that Estrada asked the victim for a cigarette and when he didn’t get it, Estrada punched him in the face.

Police say the victim is partially paralyzed and mute. At the time police found Estrada with a syringe loaded with heroin.

The charges against Estrada were initially dropped but recently refiled, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He has been charged with narcotic drug possession and aggravated assault.