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Hatchet, knife, jack handle used in Oro Grande assault

ORO GRANDE • A hatchet, knife and jack handle were all involved in an assault in Oro Grande that ended with both the suspect and victim visiting the hospital.

An Oro Grande resident was working on his vehicle outside his residence on the 19200 block of National Trails Highway on Wednesday. He was approached by Mason Clark, 39, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s press release. Officials didn’t release details about whether the two men knew each other.

The two men began a verbal argument that turned physical when Clark started swinging a knife at the victim. The victim managed to take the knife away from Clark, who then grabbed a hatchet and struck the victim in his left forearm, according to the release.

The victim picked up a jack handle to defend himself and struck Clark several times. Clark ran from the scene, and the victim drove himself to St. Joseph Health, St. Mary for treatment.

Clark later drove for treatment to Victor Valley Community Hospital, where he was arrested at 11:37 p.m. following an investigation by Victor Valley station deputies.

Clark is being held at West Valley Detention Center for the charge of assault with a deadly weapon and his bail set at $50,000, according to court documents.

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