Crime

Man pleads not guilty in severe beating of Tacoma resident

A Tacoma man charged with severely beating a stranger who was upset about a group of men loitering outside his home pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault Monday.

Jestino Ayson, 22, was ordered jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The attack took place about 3 a.m. Friday in the 1400 block of South Sheridan. Charging papers gave this account:

The victim and a friend came home after getting off work at a restaurant and noticed six men gathered outside. The group often loitered in the area and the victim believed the men were involved in drug activity.

“The witness states the victim was fed up with this and was going inside his home to get his gun,” according to the records.

Two men followed the victim in the front door of an apartment building. The victim snatched a walking stick kept outside his door. One of the two men lunged forward and punched the victim.

“Both males join in to punch the victim as he went down the stairs to try and escape,” the documents state. “Once outside, the two males continue to punch the victim.”

Ayson also allegedly stomped on the man’s face.

The victim’s friend called 911 and stopped an officer who was nearby on an unrelated call. The officer found the victim bleeding in the front yard and saw two men sprint away.

The victim was taken to an area hospital. He suffered a broken nose and two broken eye sockets.

Police found Ayson and another man walking on the street and stopped them because they matched the description of the attackers. Ayson and his friend were uncooperative but eventually were arrested at gunpoint.

Ayson’s alleged accomplice has not been charged.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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