Petaluma Man Arrested After Assaulting Elderly Hispanic Man

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A Petaluma man has been arrested after assaulting an elderly Hispanic man with a large stick. Happening Monday night on 80 E. Washington Street in Petaluma, the elderly man was loading items onto his bike when the suspect, 58-year-old Timothy Schmelzer, allegedly began yelling profanities at the victim. During the incident, Schmelzer said he didn’t like Hispanic people and then hit him a large stick, leaving the area afterwards. A third party called 911 with police arriving and locating Schmelzer nearby. He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, hate crime, and elder abuse. The victim did not sustain any injuries.