Victims recognize suspects after assault in Maricopa

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

MARICOPA, Ariz. – Two suspects were taken into custody following an assault involving two men in Maricopa on Thursday.

Maricopa police say a 63-year-old man and a 46-year-old man were assaulted at about 6:20 a.m. in a home located on the 19000 block of N. Pershing Street.

The victims told officers they were sitting outside the home when the two young suspects approached and asked for a glass of water.

The 46-year-old man went inside to get some water and when he came out saw that one of the suspects was hitting the other man on the head repeatedly.

The second suspect then allegedly struck the 46-year-old men once in the head before both suspects fled on foot heading south on Pershing Street.

Police say the 63-year-old man sustained visible bruising but refused medical treatment. The 46-year old was not visibly injured.

Both men said they did not know the suspect but were able to provide information about where they lived.

Investigators went to a home in the 44000 block of W. Maricopa Avenue where they reportedly saw one of the suspects trying to flee through a back door at the home.

That suspect, identified only as a 16-year-old, resisted arrest and was tased by officers. He was taken to Chandler Regional Hospital as a precaution.

The second suspect in this case is identified as 20-year-old Aldo Espinoza-Delgado. He was taken into custody without incident. The victims positively identified both suspects.

The 16-year-old faces charges including assault, resisting arrest, criminal damage to property, possession of drug paraphernalia and minor consumption of alcohol.

Espinoza-Delgado faces assault and minor consumption of alcohol.