On Tuesday, November 3rd, Santa Clarita Sheriff Station deputies received a report of a possible assault. According to reports, the suspect, W. Hawkins, 37, of Canyon Country, whom it is believed has a drug problem, was causing a disturbance outside his parents’ home. The suspect pushed the father down when he was asked to come inside, resulting in injury to the victim. After pushing the father down, Williams’ rage was turned on his mother as he pushed her up against a wall and held her there by her neck. He then spit in her face.
At some point after that, Williams punched his father six times in the upper torso area. He was arrested by responding deputies and taken to the SCV Sheriff Station to undergo booking and processing, where he was charged with assault. He is currently being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Assault is covered under California Penal Code 240 PC and is described as committing or attempting to commit a violent injury on a person. PC 240 is a misdemeanor that is punishable by misdemeanor probation, up to six months in county jail, and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
There are certain situations where a person who is charged with assault can face steeper penalties. If the victim is a fireman, police officer, EMT or medic, lifeguard, process server, traffic officer, code enforcement officer, animal control officer, search and rescue member, or a doctor or nurse providing emergency medical care.
If the victim is someone who falls into one of these categories, and the defendant knew or should have known that they did, the penalties are increased to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
If it can be proven that the defendant was a drug addict, it’s possible that, should be be convicted, he may be ordered to undergo a drug treatment program.