Suspect Allegedly Assaults 2 Men in Their 60s Fueling at Idyllwild Gas Station

The alleged attack was reported about 5:45 p.m. Saturday in the 25000 block of State Route 243 in Idyllwild, according to Hemet Station personnel.

A suspect allegedly assaulted to men in their 60s while they were fueling up Saturday at a gas station in Idyllwild, in the San Jacinto Mountains south of the San Gorgonio Pass, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The alleged attack was reported about 5:45 p.m. Saturday in the 25000 block of State Route 243 in Idyllwild, Sgt. John Morin of the sheriff's Hemet Station said in a statement.

"Both victims were in their mid-sixties and sustained moderate injuries that required aid at a local hospital," Morin said. "The suspect fled the scene prior to deputies' arrival. The victims stated they did not provoke the altercation and they did not know the suspect."

Deputies identified the suspect as Alfredo Tartaglia, 26, Morin said. They went to Tartaglia's residence, where after a brief struggle they arrested him. He was arrested at 26290 State Route 243, according to inmate records.

Tartaglia was booked at Smith Correctional in Banning on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse, Morin said. His bail Monday was listed at $25,000.

Anyone with more info was urged to call the Hemet Sheriff Station at (951)791-3400.

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Mariana Zuelsdorf December 24, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Oh good heavens, what is going on? This is supposed to be the season of hope, peace and good will towards all men. Coal and switches for this guy!
Craig December 25, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Its because its too Damn hard for people to get good jobs these days! They want you to go to College for four years just to get a decent job! So some people get desperate and commit crimes! College isn't for everyone...
ATC December 25, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Seriously? You're going to blame the job market/college for a scum's decision to assualt people? Give me a break. There are plenty of ways to get help without resorting to crime. 25% of the people today are just friggen lazy; they don't give a crap. Another 25% are stupid; they don't know their head from a hole in the ground. And another 25% is a combination of the two. That's a full 75% of the population that is lazy, stupid, or both (which category does 26 yr old Alfredo Tartaglia fit into?). Which means that you only have to compete with the final 25% for a job. If a person really wants work, they can find it, even if it is low paying for the time being until the economy improves. Nobody starts at the top. You start at the bottom and work your way up by working hard and being dependable. Society is not to blame for these lowlifes. It is their decision, period.
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 25, 2012 at 09:38 PM
No excuse. Just because someone can't find a 'good' job, it's OK to hurt someone? College is the new high school and a GED won't get you anything. Finish high school. Get up off the couch and enroll in a community college. Anyone can flip a hamburger but going to, and completing, college shows determination, commitment and responsibility. And those are the qualities for which employers, with good jobs, are looking.
Craig December 25, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Hey I only went to Jr College and could barely handle that, but I turned out ok. Have been employed for over 15 years and make over 40K a year, but seeing the youth of today trying to get jobs is very heart breaking. What I am trying to say is the easiest way out for some people is crime, and they think they can get away with it. Things have changed and not everyone is motivated for College and if they don't go or go into the Military they are pretty much screwed and live with mom & pop forever. If the parents give up on them then what? It's tough to get by and some people get desperate!
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 26, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I'm sorry, Craig, desperation doesn't excuse injuring another or committing a crime. Too many kids are not willing to actually work, show up on time, commit to a task. I am not saying they are stupid or idiots. I'm saying that they need to put on their adult panties and get on with it. No one is born with a certificate of fairness, and no one actually 'owes' anyone anything. We have a wonderful young man (high school Junior) who helps me in the yard with the heavy stuff. He works harder than most men, and we pay him $10/hr...because he's worth it. He doesn't stop until he feels the work is done, and he always thanks me for letting him work. How many teenagers would be willing to do that? My husband (USAF Lt Col Ret) delivered newspapers and mowed yards to earn money when he was a teenager. How many kids are willing to do that?
ATC December 27, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Well said, Marianna. Unfortunately, young people like that seem to be in the minority these days. Most have been raised with the expectation that all of their needs will always be met by others; parents, employers, society, governmant (our last election is hard evidence of that)...It's an entitlement attitude that will spell the downfall of them over the long term unless they grow up and, as you so elequently put it, "put on their adult panties".
Mariana Zuelsdorf December 27, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Thanks, Gary, I appreciate that. Unfortunately, this seems to be the age of the 'give me what I want or I'm just going to take it' attitude.


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