Man held as hammer assailant

Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

19-year-old suspect in April altercation

A local man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with an assault in April that left another man with head trauma.

Sou F. Yang, 19, was arrested by authorities at a residence on Indra Street on Thursday evening on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by force likely to cause great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury.

He appeared in court for an arraignment Friday afternoon, where he was assigned an attorney and remained in custody bail set at $500,000.

"I am tremendously proud of the job Chief Investigator A.C. Field and

our office did in putting this case together and taking a dangerous

suspect off the street," said District Attorney Jon Alexander.

The victim, Robert Davis Jr., and relatives who witnessed the

incident told authorities that Yang and about 30 Asian males showed up

in the front yard of his residence around 11:30 p.m. on April 28. They

were carrying various weapons: hammers, screwdrivers, pitchforks and

crowbars among them, Davis told authorities.

The big group of males showed up after four of them repeatedly came

to Davis at his house to request he buy alcohol for them, he told

authorities. On the second to last rejection, it is suspected one of

them knocked off the side-view mirror of Davis' car, court documents

state. Davis said he then called Yang to express his displeasure.

After a back and forth between Yang and Davis, in which Yang

displayed a pistol in his waistband and had a hammer in his hand, Davis

went outside with a metal rod, Davis' brother, James, told authorities.

Davis was then struck in the head with the hammer Yang was yielding,

the brother stated.

Another one of Davis' brothers went out and was whacked in the head

with a 2-by-4, James Davis stated.

He said he then also went out and got hit with a bottle.

Davis Jr. was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Redding. One

brother was treated at Sutter Coast Hospital and the other declined

medical attention.

Reach Anthony Skeens at askeens@triplicate.com .

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