Vacaville man to stand trial for baseball bat attack

By From page A3 | April 23, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A 20-year-old Vacaville man who police believe is a gang member was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on a felony assault charge for a January baseball bat attack on a man visiting his mother’s Brown Street apartment.

Adrian M. Medina was with several other bat-wielding young men on the night of Jan. 16 when he confronted a perceived rival who had previously bloodied one of Medina’s comrades, according to police testimony at Medina’s probable cause hearing.

When the victim’s mother tried to break up the altercation as the attackers were shouting out their gang name, she was struck in her arm with a baseball bat. After the attack, police found Medina in the backyard of a home neighboring the apartment complex. Police also found that the car the victim drove to his mother’s place had its windows broken out.

Medina, who was on felony probation for previously being found with a loaded gun, was ordered to return to court May 2 for setting dates for a jury trial.

Prosecutors are pursuing the assault case as a gang case, so if a jury concludes the attack was for the benefit of a gang, he could have as much as an extra 10 years tacked on to his prison sentence.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • rockin the truthApril 23, 2014 - 7:34 am

    "10 years for being a member of a gang & committing violence" .. So in Obama lead fed rulings that means what... 2 months? Let the Criminals Out should mean VOTE out all who allow this and if needed Change the Laws. Make laws pro-citizen and anti-criminal

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  • Taking back our communityApril 23, 2014 - 10:12 am

    10 years isn't enough, it should be 25 to life. This ppl never learn, this will be out 2 or 3 years and commit another crime. Next time he won't use a bat he'll use a gun. JUST GIVE HIM THE DEAD PENALTY.

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  • AnonymousApril 24, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    This is all lies& I wanna make a complain. That's my cousin& he does not deserve no 10 years.. People just judge with out knowing the situation. Y'all just add sour cream to the tacos... I put everything in gods hands

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