Man suspected of beating teen
A 35-year-old man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of assaulting a 14-year-old boy in the 2200 block of Renaissance Boulevard, causing the boy to go to the hospital.
William Fitzgerald was booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of menacing, child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.
Grand Junction Police Department officers arrested Fitzgerald, who lives off Renaissance Boulevard at 448 Tuscany Court in the Redlands, around 10:30 p.m. Friday.
According to Fitzgerald’s arrest affidavit, neighbors and witnesses said the 14-year-old boy was ringing doorbells in the neighborhood.
A female witness told police that Fitzgerald hit the boy in the head with a flashlight and kicked the boy numerous times, according to the affidavit.
A witness said the flashlight was about a foot long and about 2 inches thick.
A witness said the boy and his friends rang the doorbell at Fitzgerald’s house, then ran away.
Fitzgerald chased the juveniles and caught up to the 14-year-old, the affidavit said.
The boy was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance, and a police officer said he saw a wound about the size of a quarter on the right side of the boy’s head.
A witness said Fitzgerald yelled at the boy and said he would kill the boy if he “(expletive) with him again,” the affidavit said.