Good samaritan attacked with tire iron in Peoria

Posted at 1:04 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 16:48:37-04

A man has been arrested after he allegedly assaulted a good samaritan who was trying to assist him with his flat tire.

Police say that in the early morning hours of April 9, the victim left a business near 83rd avenue and Bell road on his bike. 

The victim saw a car on the side of the road with a flat tire and stopped to help. Police report that the suspect, 27-year-old Freddy Granado, struck the victim twice in the head with a tire iron.

Granado reportedly demanded the victim's cell phone and he threw the phone at Granado and he ran to his nearby apartment. 

Police found Granado's car and the tire iron not too far away from where the assault took place. Meanwhile, the victim's friend called the stolen cell phone and a cab driver answered the call. The cab driver told the friend that he transported a man, from the area where the car was found to 23rd Avenue and Indian School Road.

Police later located and arrested Granado.

Granado reportedly told police he gave the phone to the cab driver as payment for the fare, but denied hitting the victim with the tire iron.

The victim was fortunate in that his skull was not fractured, but he did need about 20 stitches to close the wound.

Granado, who was released from prison in November of 2015 for convictions of armed robbery and aggravated assault, has been charged again with the same crimes.