Santa Ana Man Charged in Assault on Samaritan

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Orange County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a Santa Ana man accused of punching and seriously injuring a good Samaritan who stopped to help after seeing him lying on the sidewalk.

Jeffrey Davis, 34, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life under the state's three-strikes law if he is convicted of assaulting Raymond Zimmerman. Commissioner Martin G. Engquist on Tuesday set Davis' bail at $250,000.

Davis was charged with two felonies, including one count of assault with intent to commit grievous bodily harm and another of battery resulting in great bodily injury, said Tori Richards, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

Davis was convicted in 1993 of armed robbery and attempted extortion with a gun, making him eligible for sentencing under the state's three-strikes law, Richards said.

"Mr. Davis should be locked up for life to prevent him from committing further violent crimes," she said. "We don't want anyone else victimized or injured in the way that Mr. Zimmerman was."

Orange County sheriff's officials said Zimmerman stopped to help Davis Friday afternoon after seeing him lying outside a supermarket in Stanton. Davis punched Zimmerman in the face, officials said.

Zimmerman fell and struck his head on the sidewalk. He was rushed to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where officials said Tuesday that his condition was upgraded from serious to good.

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