After reportedly attacking former Olympic volleyball player Kim Glass with a metal instrument, a guy from Los Angeles is being charged with a crime.
According to a news release from Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón on Tuesday, 51-year-old Semeon Tesfamariam is charged with one felony count of assault with a deadly weapon. The charge includes claims that Tesfamariam “caused great bodily injury and of being previously convicted in 2020 of a serious and/or violent felony.”
“This was a vicious, unwarranted assault. Mr. Tesfamariam has a disturbing history of using lethal weapons on seemingly unrelated targets. His actions seem to have gotten worse with time. To safeguard the public, we have urged the court to place him in preventative detention. As a result of the court’s approval, he is currently being held without bail “explained DA Gascón.
Tesfamarian is accused of approaching Glass, 37, on Friday and “throwing a 10-inch metal bolt at her face,” causing serious wounds. Until law enforcement arrived, good Samaritans at the scene held the man in custody.
In a series of Instagram Stories on Saturday, Glass described the terrifying claimed attack, going into detail about the occurrence and displaying the extent of her injuries, which included a cut above her nose and a severely swollen right eye.
The athlete remarked in a video, “Right now it appears like my vision will be normal, and I got really fantastic stitching from a doctor.” The nicest part is that I have amazing friends and family that are there for me and who support me.
After having lunch with a buddy, the event, according to Glass, took place in downtown Los Angeles.
She said in an Instagram Story, “He just looked at me with some really cruel looks. When I turned to inform my companion that I thought he was going to crash into [a nearby] automobile, a large metal bolt that felt like a pipe suddenly struck me.
The Los Angeles Police Department has been contacted by PEOPLE for additional commentary.
The first felony assault committed by Tesfamariam occurred in 2018, while the second one happened in 2019. He was initially granted a probationary sentence, and later, a state jail term, according to the news release. According to the news release, he was on parole at the time of the alleged assault on Glass.
Although his arraignment was previously set for Tuesday, a hearing has now been reset for August 17 after “doubt was stated over the defendant’s capacity to stand trial.”
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If found guilty, Tesfamariam would serve 11 years in state prison. It is unknown if he has secured legal counsel to speak on his behalf.
The Los Angeles Police Department is still looking into the situation.