Prosecutors have charged a suspect with assault in an attack on a member of the media during a transgender rights protest outside a Los Angeles spa this summer, according to court records.
Aaron Kareem Simmons, 30, was charged last week with one count of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, court records show.
The charge is related to the July 3 assault outside the Wi Spa in Westlake, in which independent filmmaker Rocky Romano was struck in the head from behind with a heavy baton-like weapon.
Romano was wearing a helmet at the time, and had the word “PRESS” in bold lettering across his back. He said “everything went gray for a minute” after he was struck, and believed he suffered a minor concussion.
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