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Assault suspect taken down in dramatic arrest in Logan Heights

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — A dramatic arrest happened about 10:30 Tuesday morning on South 33rd Street near Gillette Street after a woman reported being hit by a baseball bat. 

After a brief standoff, the suspect was arrested after being chased out of his home.  

Seconds after police stormed through the back door of a Logan Heights home, the suspect came running out the front door in high heels. He ran into the arms of police who took him into custody. 

"It's bizarre man... it's crazy," said Vincent Jones who witnessed a neighbor run out of her home.  "[She] came out with blood all over her head, screaming 'help me, help me. I can't see.' I didn't know who she was because her face was so swollen. Her head had a big gash." 

Jones called 911 and police quickly identified the suspect as Paul Lynch who also goes by the name Starr.   

Lynch lives just a couple doors down from the crime scene and, according to police, locked himself in his home when officers arrived. 

"The suspect threatened to turn on the gas in the home and blow up the house," said San Diego Police Sgt. Matthew Botkin. "We brought in resources to the area to mitigate that." 

Police still aren't sure why things turned so violent in the home, but they say Lynch sprayed the 60-year-old victim with pepper spray, chased her down a hall and then hit her multiple times with a baseball bat. 

Jones has known Lynch for a while and is shocked he's the prime suspect in this horrific attack.  He called Lynch a "real nice person" and said he'll never forget the look on Lynch's face as he ran from his home toward police 

"He was terrified. I ain't never seen that guy look so terrified... like he seen a ghost," said Jones.  

After Lynch was taken into custody, officers discovered he was living with more than a dozen dogs. 

"The dogs are going to be taken care of by animal regulations because there's no one to watch them and we don't want them in the house by themselves," said Sgt. Botkin. 

Lynch was taken to a hospital for evaluation.  

He faces several charges including assault with a deadly weapon. 

"For someone to do an elderly woman like that - that's bad," said Jones. "And they need to be punished."  

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