Needles, CA: Man arrested for assaulting a woman causing serious bodily injury.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 7:55am PT on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station responded to the report of an assault that had occurred at J Street and 3rd Street in Needles, California.
Upon arrival, deputies were advised that the victim, 18 year old female, was walking on J Street to attend the High School graduation practice.
She was approached by the suspect, identified San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department by the identified as 49 year old Andrew Kozar of Needles, California.
Andrew Kozar without provocation struck the victim with a closed fist in the face.
The force of the impact caused the victim to fall backwards onto the sidewalk striking her head on the concrete.
The victim sustained a laceration to the back of her head and injuries to her mouth and face.
The attack was observed by passing motorists who stopped to render aid to the victim and detain Andrew Kozar for responding deputies.
The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment.
Deputies do not believe that the victim and the suspect where known to each other prior to the assault occurring.
Andrew Kozar was arrested for P.C. 243(d) Battery with Serious Bodily Injury and booked into the Needles jail.
The motive for the assault is unknown at this time.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com.
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