(Press Release) On June 16th at about 2:25 a.m., Kings County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the Adventist Medical Center in Hanford for an assault victim in the Emergency Room. The Deputies were told that the assault took place in the Home Gardens area south of Hanford.
The woman, who was suffering from several facial injuries, was interviewed in a treatment room at the E.R. She told deputies that an argument occurred at a small gathering of people in the 11700 block of 2nd Place. She also described an incident where two women were physically fighting and how she attempted to break up the fight.
While attempting to break up the fight, a man she only knew as "Tank" started punching her. The victim quickly fell to the ground and was hit several more time by the man. The victim said she didn't remember much else about the assault believing she became unconscious for a while before arriving at the hospital.
The victim was able to give a vague description of the suspect describing him as a light skinned, black man in his late 20's. She also remembered he arrived at the gathering, and subsequently fled, in a white Chevy SUV. She also said that "Tank" was a "friend of a friend" and was able to give a few details about his girlfriend, who was also at the gathering.
Although numerous witnesses were interviewed, "Tank" was not immediately identified.
Sheriff's deputies re-interviewed the victim and additional witnesses a few days later. At that time, the victim was able to describe (and show the deputies) a You-Tube video in which "Tank" was featured. Deputies were able to see his Facebook page which lead to his identity as 29-year-old Jeffery Jerome Harris of Lemoore.
Harris was found and taken into custody for the assault. He admitted to officers that he was involved in an altercation and hitting the woman, further stated he did not intend to hit her, but it became a brawl with multiple people involved.
He was booked into the Kings County Jail.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is encouraged to call the Kings County Sheriff's Office at (559)852-2720.