Chico, Calif. -- An elderly man was reunited Friday with the police officers who came to his rescue after he was assaulted next to Bidwell Park.
90-year-old Jim Goodridge was punched in the face by a transient on February 10th in the 500 block of Vallombrosa Avenue near Buttonwillow Lane.
Prosecutors say 24-year-old Christopher Braun punched Goodridge with a single blow to the face.
"I had three stitches on my lip, I had a bruised hip where I fell and a bruised elbow. When I was attacked, I fell like a wet dishrag onto the ground," said Goodridge.
Goodridge loves to go on strolls near his home, but while on one of these walks recently, he was approached by Braun.
"I thought he was coming up towards me that he was one of my friends who wanted a high five and chat on the street!" said Goodridge.
Goodridge fell to the ground and several witnesses immediately came to his rescue.
"Two young ladies saw what happened and got out of their car. And then two police officers showed up," said Goodridge.
Goodridge never had a chance to thank the officers who took the time to help him until now.
"He was just really concerned about his wife, Alice here, so he asked if we could stop by and check on her," said Chico Police Officer Robert Kurtz.
Officer Jack Ditty helped Goodridge at the crime scene.
"Feels great. This is what we want as police officers. We rarely get to see everything come full circle. This gentleman is very strong. These are the people we love to serve in our community," said Ditty.
"I don't feel a lot of ill will towards this person because I felt they're probably a mental health problem," said Goodridge.
Is this the end of his daily walks?
"Oh heavens no! I'm not going to let such a negative deter my life or lifestyle," said Goodridge.
Braun is charged in Butte County Superior Court with a felony count of elder abuse and a felony count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury.
He appeared in court Wednesday, but has not yet entered a plea. He is next scheduled to appear in court next Wednesday.
Braun remains in custody at Butte County jail in Oroville. Bail was set at $65,000.
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