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Hatchet-wielding man assaults Planet Fitness patron in Corona – Orange County Register

A 30-year-old man suspected of assaulting a fitness club patron in Corona with a hatchet and knife, wounding him until the victim overpowered the suspect, was being held without bail Wednesday.

Tense video shows man fight off alleged attacker who was holding him at knifepoint inside Corona gym

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Ronald Vikash Chand of Santa Ana was arrested Tuesday morning inside the Planet Fitness at 3685 Grand Oaks, near Cajalco Road. Chand was booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon resulting in significant bodily injury.

According to the Corona Police Department, a 41-year-old Riverside man, whose name was not released, was in the fitness club parking lot when he witnessed Chand behaving erratically inside his own car. The suspect confronted him shortly after 9 a.m., and without provocation, the suspect allegedly broke the victim’s window with a hatchet, police said.

As the victim attempted to escape, Chand struck the victim with the hatchet and stabbed him with the knife, resulting in “stab wounds to the upper body,” prompting the man to retreat into the Planet Fitness, police Sgt. Jason Waldon said.

“While inside, Chand held the victim at knifepoint for a short period before being taken to the ground by the victim and was disarmed and detained with the assistance of bystanders,” Waldon said.

He said gym employees called 911, and patrol officers reached the location minutes later, taking Chand into custody without further incident.

“The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released,” the sergeant said.

Chand suffered an unspecified minor injury and was also medically treated before being booked into jail, according to Waldon.

A possible motive for the attack remains unknown, police do not believe the victim and suspect knew each other. Background information on Chand was also unavailable.

SCNG staff writer Mona Darwish contributed to this story.


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