Man assaulted by alleged squatter in the Mission

A man was assaulted on his Mission district property Wednesday by an alleged squatter, Sgt. Monica Macdonald said.

The 35-year-old victim confronted the suspect, who was reportedly trying to enter a storage unit on the victim’s property in the 100 block of Bartlett Street about 9:43 p.m., Macdonald said. The suspect, identified by police as 25-year-old San Francisco resident Neal Perez-Melo, reportedly left the scene after the victim called police.

The victim and Perez-Melo reportedly were involved in an additional altercation about the incident in front of the victim’s property and Perez-Melo is alleged to have then attacked the man, striking him in the face several times and knocking him to the ground.

The victim sustained an injury to his leg, police said. He also had bruising to his face and was treated at the hospital for his injuries, which were not life-threatening.

Police responded to the scene and arrested Perez-Melo a few blocks away from the crime scene in the 3300 block of 23rd Street, Macdonald said.

He was booked on charges of aggravated assault and criminal threats, Macdonald said.

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