Man charged with assault in neighborhood dispute

A Medford man faces assault charges after reportedly attacking two men at an alcohol and narcotics treatment-support center over what police described as "neighborhood issues" including parking and property lines.

Ryan Ishmael Arriola, 27, of the 1900 block of Elm Street, Medford, was arrested Wednesday evening on charges of strangulation and third- and fourth-degree assault. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail, where he remained Thursday on $33,000 bail.

Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said officers were called to a report of an assault at about 6 p.m. at the Alano Club, a social and support center for 12-Step programs at 1921 Elm St.

Police determined that Arriola had stormed into the Alano Club, grabbed a 54-year-old man by the throat and started punching him. A second man, 52, came to the aid of the man being punched and the suspect turned on him, hitting him with a chair and breaking his arm, Budreau said. The man who had been punched first slid away to call 9-1-1.

Arriola left the club and was outside in the street when police arrived. He was taken into custody without incident, Budreau said.

Arriola lives across the street from the Alano Club, and there had been conflict over parking issues along the street, police said.

The two men who were beaten were taken to Providence Medford Medical Center, where they were treated and released. Police said the first man suffered various injuries, including a black eye and a broken rib, and the second man received a cut on his head and a broken arm.

"This is not the correct action to resolve a minor neighborhood issue," Budreau said.

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