Zillah man charged for assaulting coworker

A 29-year-old accused of assaulting his coworker at a construction job faces a second-degree assault charge.

On July 31, the victim, Efren Loreto, reported he was struck in the head with a piece of iron rebar by Travis Fahsholtz, according to a narrative submitted to Yakima County Superior Court Judge David A. Elofson the following day.

The two were working in the Wapato area, records show.

Loreto claims he was joking when he called Fahsholtz a derogatory name.

The joke was not taken well, and about 10 minutes later, Fahsholtz called out to Loreto, who turned to find him holding a piece of rebar.

Loreto told a deputy taking the report that Fahsholtz quickly struck him on the side of the head, causing it to split open. Loreto refused medical aid at the time of the interview, stating he went to a Union Gap medical center.

The deputy noted there were five metal staples used to close the wound.

Loreto admitted to retaliating after the blow to the head, punching his attacker, who promptly left the construction site.

The construction supervisor was present during the interview, stating Fahsholtz would not be welcome if he returned.

Another coworker witnessed the incident and provided a similar account of the assault.

Elofson released Fahsholtz from jail and set his arraignment date on Aug. 15.


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