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Kenneth W. Toombs, a Black male, 55 years of age, has been arrested in connection with an assault that occurred in People's Park on Thursday, June 17 in Berkeley, Calif. (Photo provided by the University of California Police Department)

BERKELEY -- An altercation between two transients left one man with head and arm wounds at People's Park Thursday morning, according to police.

At 10:17 a.m., a University of California police officer patrolling the area called for backup as he watched a man who had just been in a fight with another man flee the scene, according to Officer Rick Florendo.

The suspect, 55-year-old Kenneth W. Toombs, attempted to assault another man, in his 40s, with a 4-foot long chrome pole. Though the incident is still under investigation, Florendo said it was possible the altercation was the result of the victim refusing to give Toombs a cigarette. A short time later, another UCPD officer stopped Toombs in front of Peet's Coffee on Telegraph.

Toombs, who is not affiliated with the university, appeared to suffer the brunt of the assault, with injuries to his head and arms. He was taken to Alta Bates Medical Center for treatment and medical clearance before being taken into custody.

The would-be victim suffered only minor injuries, Florendo said.

Toombs faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

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