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One arrested after two men allegedly ram car with their truck and threaten occupant with knife while hitting his car with a bat

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Paul Frederick Cassels, 53, was arrested this morning after he and a second man allegedly rammed a car with their truck, then threatened the occupant with a knife while hitting his car with a bat.

According to the arrest report, the victim said he was in his car when he saw Cassels and a second man, Justin Charles Lewis, 36, coming towards him in a truck. He said he backed up to try to turn around and hit a tree, then Lewis drove into the side of his car and pushed the car while Cassels got out of the truck and hit the rear window of the victim’s car with a bat multiple times and also held a knife while Lewis continued to push the car with his truck.

The arrest report noted that the damage to the car was consistent with the victim’s account, with about $2,000 in estimated damages to the window and the side panels of the car. The victim said he was afraid he would be attacked if he got out of the car to try to run away.

The report does not explain why the two disengaged or why no charges have been filed yet against Lewis, who is listed as a co-defendant. Lewis currently has a pending charge of driving with a suspended license as a repeat offender and was arrested and released on $200 bond in early April after failing to appear for a mandatory court hearing.

Cassels has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, false imprisonment, and a repeat offense of damage to property over $200. In 2016, Cassels was sentenced to one year and seven days in state prison for felony battery as a repeat offender.

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Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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