Two Palo Alto men were arrested Wednesday after allegedly assaulting an acquaintance with a large metal flashlight early Sunday morning outside of the victim's Tasso Street home.
Police received a call early Sunday, Aug. 10, at about 4:10 a.m. reporting a battery on the 1400 block of Tasso Street. They met the victim -- an unnamed male in his late teens -- at the Stanford University Hospital emergency room, where he was treated for moderate injuries to the head and released the same day.
Police said the victim had walked outside his home, where he was allegedly attacked by Korecky, whom he knew and with whom he apparently had made prior arrangements to meet outside the house. Korecky allegedly pulled a sweatshirt over the victim's head and began striking his head with the metal flashlight. Police said the victim was able to pull away and disarm Korecky, who kept trying to punch him in the head. The victim fought back, striking Korecky once in the head with the flashlight and causing him to fall to the ground.
Police said Snyder then came to Korecky's aid and later helped him into a black 1990 Acura sedan.
The victim's family took him to the hospital, at which point police were notified. As officers were interviewing the victim at the hospital, Korecky arrived at the emergency room to seek medical attention, having been driven there by Snyder, who later left. Korecky was admitted for a moderate head injury and released Tuesday evening, Aug. 12, police said.
The next day, Snyder was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail following a vehicle stop near Ross Road and Ames Avenue, police said. Later that day, police arranged to have Korecky self-surrender at the main jail.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650 383-8984. Tips also be submitted anonymously through the police department's free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay.
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