Hanford parolee arrested after argument turns violent

Crime

Ron Coates, 57 (Kings County Jail)

HANFORD, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A Hanford parolee was arrested Wednesday for attempted murder after an argument turned into a violent beating, Hanford Police said.

Officers arrived to the Hanford Parole Office on 344 W. Fifth Street around 6 a.m. after a parole officer found a 57-year-old man up against the building bleeding, Sgt. Justin Vallin said. He was covered in blood and barely conscious.

They found what appeared to be stab wounds on his body and that he was suffering from head trauma.

Paramedics transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment.

Officers quickly identified a possible suspect as they had responded to the same area a few hours prior for an argument between the victim and Ron Coates, 57, Vallin said. He was on California parole and GPS monitoring.

Police were able to find Coates a few blocks away with the help of state parole officers.

Coates admitted to officers that he struck the victim several times after getting into an argument with the victim, Vallin said. He also admitted to slamming the victim’s head on the ground several times.

Coates was booked into the Kings County Jail for attempted murder and violating parole.

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