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Texas Man Accused of Using Shovel to Beat Grandfather, Granddaughter Who Tried to Stop Him From Attacking Kids

Texas Man Accused of Beating Neighbors With Shovel
Source: San Antonio Police Department; Unsplash

Joe Arechiga allegedly attacked two people with a shovel in Texas, police said.

Apr. 24 2024, Published 10:04 a.m. ET

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A Texas man has been arrested after authorities say he allegedly beat two of his neighbors with a shovel.

On April 7, San Antonio police officers responded to the report of a fight and found two people injured, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by KSAT.

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One of the victims told police that the suspect, later identified as 37-year-old Joe Arechiga, was armed with a shovel and chasing after two young children on bicycles in the alleyway.

Fearing for the kids, the victim stepped in to try and protect them, the affidavit states.

Arechiga reportedly then turned his focus on the man and allegedly started assaulting him with the shovel, police said.

The second victim, a woman, saw her grandfather being attacked, so she tried to stop Arechiga, according to authorities.

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The arrest warrant states Arechiga hit the woman across the head with the shovel and then fled the scene.

Police said the grandfather suffered a large wound to the forearm and the woman had a visible bruise to the head.

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The victims were able to identify Arechiga as their attacker and he was eventually located and arrested, the affidavit states.

Arechiga was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, officials said.

He was booked into jail and his bond was set at $80,000.


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