By Sophie Marconi
On Monday July 18 at 1:38 pm in Department 9, Judge W. Johnson conducted a preliminary hearing on an assault case regarding the defendant Chad Patterson and an assault of three individuals, including two men and one young woman. The incident occurred on June 28, 2016, at approximately 7 pm.
The first victim who was called as a witness described his experience with the defendant as follows. The witness was working at Davis Gas & Shop when he saw a man apparently being attacked and screaming for help. The witness opened the door of the shop to see what was going on, when the defendant approached the witness and attacked him, swinging at him twice and making contact on the second swing.
The witness experienced facial trauma as well as swelling, and the same day went to urgent care to have his injuries evaluated. He received two stitches, and later went into the hospital twice more, to get his stitches removed and to review his symptoms of dizziness and headaches. He stated that he experienced a concussion, a neck injury and a shoulder injury as a result of the punch. He explained that, after the defendant hit him in the face, surrounding witnesses began to approach the crime scene, causing the defendant to run away.
The next witness, also a victim, called to the stand was a young female student who, at the time of her attack, was waiting for the bus. The offense took place near the victim’s home, Alhambra Apartments. The witness was sitting at the bus stop when she saw the defendant approach her. Immediately after he approached, the defendant began punching the witness in the face several times on the right side of her face, as well as on the back of her head with closed fists. The victim attempted to run away from the defendant, crossing the street while screaming for help as the defendant ran after her.
At this point, a male witness approached the scene to try to help. The witness approached the defendant in an attempt to calm him down and was immediately attacked by the defendant. The defendant pushed this witness – and now third victim – down, beating him relentlessly. The witness/victim lost consciousness at one point during the beating for approximately one minute, but later told the police officer that he estimated the defendant had punched him 15 times. Eventually a final witness heard the ruckus from a nearby apartment, came outside, and pushed the defendant off of that victim. The third and final witness that the prosecution called to the stand was Officer Mathew Muscardini, who arrived at the crime scene shortly after the final attack.
Officer Muscardini has been a Davis police officer for approximately 5 years, and arrived at the crime scene to see two of the male witnesses holding down Mr. Patterson, the defendant. Officer Muscardini immediately noticed one of the victim’s facial injuries and noted this in his report. Officer Muscardini testified that the last victim of Mr. Patterson’s attack was beaten to such an extent that he was screaming incessantly while he received medical attention. The officer described the last victim’s face as severely swollen, blue, red, and bleeding. He stated that the white of his left eye was no longer white because it was filled full of blood. He also noted that the swelling of the left side of his face was so severe that it protruded out significantly.
Officer Muscardini told the courtroom that he had called the victim that morning to check in. The victim told officer Muscardini that he still had blurred vision out of his eye four weeks later. The victim also stated that his eye had been swollen shut for the first several days following the incident. He relayed that he had to take eye drop medication throughout the day, and had also been experiencing hallucinations. The victim had been in the hospital for four weeks already.
At this point the officer explained that he had detained Patterson, and later, when he officially arrested him and explained the situation to him, Patterson said nothing. Officer Muscardini also stated that Mr. Patterson said nothing at all on the way to Yolo County Jail, which he found unusual. He also noted that each victim had stated that Mr. Patterson never said a word to any of them during the three attacks, which each witness found odd. Each victim told the officer that they had never seen Mr. Patterson in their lives, and assured Officer Muscardini that there was no relation at all between themselves and Mr. Patterson. It is also important to note that each description provided by the several witnesses/victims during cross-examination matched up. All witnesses testified that the defendant had worn a black shirt with brown pants, had no weapons or visible belongings, and had messy hair.