NORCO (CBSLA) — A Norco man stands accused of assaulting his 83-year-old former landlord and later causing a crash while fleeing from Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies.

(Credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.)

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Paul Stephen Otto, 27, was charged with assault, cruelty on a dependent adult, burglary and attempted murder. He’s being held on $300,000 bail.

Deputies responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Hillside Avenue in Norco Friday to investigate an assault. At the scene, the 83-year-old victim told them he had been choked and battered by a former tenant who had broken into his residence to steal his car.

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The suspect was unsuccessful in taking the victim’s vehicle and instead fled in his own car,

Otto was later spotted outside the Norco sheriff’s station, where a deputy tried to stop him. Instead, Otto hit the gas and fled south on Hamner Avenue at a high speed, crashing into another vehicle at the First Street intersection.

Nobody was injured in the crash and Otto was arrested.

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