Metal pipe allegedly used in attacks

A homeless Grand Junction man who said he was assaulted in Whitman Park on Wednesday was arrested Thursday on suspicion he used a metal pipe to beat up one of his alleged attackers, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Grand Junction police arrested two people Thursday on suspicion they attacked Anthony Cox in Whitman Park, and they were looking for a third person, Mark Coca, 46, to arrest.

Cox, however, found Coca before police did and attacked Coca while he was sitting in the park Thursday, according to an arrest affidavit for Cox.

Cox, 37, is accused of beating Coca across the back with a 4-foot-long metal pipe and hitting a nearby woman in the face with the pipe, the affidavit said.

Cox, a black man, said he was attacked in the park on Wednesday by other homeless people and that his attackers uttered racial epithets.

Mitchell James Cheramie and Anada Rundle, both homeless, face charges of second-degree assault and ethnic intimidation in connection with the incident, according to their arrest affidavits.

Coca was arrested Thursday, Cox was arrested Thursday, and each faces charges for attacking the other, police said.

All four people were booked into Mesa County Jail.


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