Even after a victim testified he did not want his attacker to be charged, a judge ruled that the assault charges should be held over for Common Pleas Court.Jesus Delgado Ramirez, 27, of Coatesville, appeared before Magisterial Judge Robert L. Davis for his preliminary hearing on July 23. Ramirez was arrested on July 9 for allegedly beating up his friend Jose Manuel Sanchez while he was asleep in their city home.
Police charged Ramirez with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.
Sanchez testified through a court interpreter July 23 that he was at home drinking with Ramirez before he went to bed about 11:30 p.m. on the night of the alleged attack.
"And then he came in and hit me," Sanchez said. "Then I didn't know anything else. I did notice I was bloodyI woke up and I had pain in my head.
Assistant District Attorney Eric Washberg asked if Sanchez saw the defendant hit him.
"No, I was unconscious," Sanchez said.
Sanchez also said Ramirez bit him on the left side of his chest. After describing his injuries, Sanchez said he did not want Ramirez to be charged with a crime.
"I did tell them (police) what happened but I didn't want charges against him. He is my friend. I just want him to help me with medical expenses," Sanchez said.
Sanchez said the two had an argument the night of the attack. Public Defender Joseph Dodson asked Sanchez if he ever hit Ramirez.
"When I received the blow, I tried to respond, but I couldn't," Sanchez said.
Later, Dodson asked Sanchez if he ever bit Ramirez.
"I don't recall," Sanchez said. "I lost consciousness and then I was kind of in shock."
Coatesville officer Jeffrey Ingemie, who arrested Ramirez, also testified at the hearing. Ingemie recalled the victim's injuries.
"His face was covered in blood," Ingemie said. "His right eye was starting to blacken and swell up."
The officer said the victim took him to the defendant's room where he was sleeping. The officer woke the defendant and had him stand up.
"His pants were covered in blood. I did observe no injury to the defendant," Ingemie said. "There were no fresh cuts (on him) that would indicate the amount of blood on his pants."
Dodson asked the judge to dismiss the aggravated assault charge because the defendant did not use a weapon and the victim could not recall how many times he had been hit. The district attorney argued getting hit in the head multiple times could easily result in death.
Davis held all charges over for Common Pleas Court.