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Man sustains head trauma in Winton bar beating
Ubaldo Rosas - photo by Photo Contributed
A 28-year-old man suffered a severe head injury after he was attacked by two to three men inside a Winton bar Sunday night.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Department has arrested one suspect — Ubaldo Rosas, 22, of Winton — in connection with the assault. Other suspects are still outstanding, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.
The fight was first reported to the sheriff’s department by a group of individuals who flagged down Deputy Sam Becerra and said some type of fight was going on at the Outpost Bar in the 6500 block of Winton Way.
When the deputy arrived he found the victim laying on the ground, unconscious, and bleeding from the ears, MacKenzie said.
Several people took off running as the deputy pulled up and after a short foot pursuit, he was able to take Rosas into custody, MacKenzie said.
The investigation indicates that two to three men approached the victim in the bar and asked him if he claimed a gang, MacKenzie said. When the victim denied any gang affiliation, one of the suspects punched him.
The blow knocked the victim out, MacKenzie said. It is unknown whether the suspect hit the victim with a weapon or if he struck his head when he hit the floor.
The victim was air-lifted to a Modesto hospital. He suffered a severe head trauma and was in critical condition as of the last report, MacKenzie said.
Detectives are still investigating Rosas’ role in the attack. He was booked into the Merced County Jail on a charge of participating in a criminal street gang. He is free on a $50,000 bail, MacKenzie said.
No details about the additional suspects have been released.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.