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YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima police say a man attacked a 74-year-old as he worked in his backyard Thursday evening.

Police went to a home in the 600 block of South Fifth Avenue around 7:20 p.m. for a report of a man attacking another man with a piece of metal. When officers arrived, they found the older man bleeding from his head, and a man who matched the suspect’s description in a shed, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

The older man told police he was trimming bushes in his yard when the suspect came in through the alley, the affidavit said. Since the suspect had tried to steal things from his yard before, the victim said he told the suspect to leave, the affidavit said, and the suspect then came over with a tire iron and began hitting him.

During the attack, the older man was hit on his right arm and then on his head several times, the affidavit said. He was taken to Astria Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

A witness told police he saw the suspect standing over the victim and hitting him while using two hands to grip the tire iron, the affidavit said. When he confronted the suspect, the witness said the suspect turned toward him with the tire iron in what he perceived as a threatening way, the affidavit said.

Police booked the 38-year-old suspect into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault and felony harassment. He is expected to make an appearance in Yakima County Superior Court Friday afternoon.

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