NSB COPS: Man charged with pistol-whipping another man for $30; victim requires staples at Bert Fish ER to close bloody wound

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(Courtesy photos). Richard Paul Walker, 35, as shown in the larger photo, was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault in the pistol-whipping attack overnight on Marty Boyd, 42.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 42-year-old man was piostol-whipped for $30 late Chrisdtmas Eve and had to have his head stapled at Bert Fish Medical Center to closde his wound, police said. His alleged attacker, Richard Paul Walker, 35, was arrested a short time later, New Smyrna Beach police said.

The 11 p.m. attack happened in the 500 block of Sinnka St., where Marty Boyd was robbed of $30 in cash after he was repeatedly struck with a handgun about his head, according to a report filed by police Sgt. Valerie Joyce. He was transported by EVAC to Bert Fish Medical Center where he required several staples to his head to close his bloody wound.

Police searched the area where the beating took place and a short time later arrested 35-year-old Richard Paul Walker, charging him with robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Walker, of 806 Hamilton St., was sent to the Volusia County Branch Jail. Boyd was treated and released from the Bert Fish Emergency room.

Joyce said the handgun used in the assaulty was not found.

Both men have prior arrests.


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