Posted: Dec 11, 2012 2:26 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2012 7:03 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Judge Bobby Galvan has reduced bond for Victor Perez from $200,000 to $50,000 on an aggravated assault charge related to an incident that was caught on tape in downtown Corpus Christi earlier this month.
Perez's family argued they do not have the ability to raise the required 10% or $20,000 to get him out of jail. As a result of today's decision, they'll have to raise $5,000 to secure his release.
The judge's decision angered the victim's family members who felt that Perez's financial status should not have played a role in the decision.
Perez is accused of assaulting Erik Schwirtlich in downtown Corpus Christi just after midnight on December 1st. Surveillance video from a shop shows Schwirtlich being bumped by one of two men who walked by him near the intersection of Starr and North Chaparral Street.
He was talking on the phone at the time, but hung up as he turned around to confront the two men. Swirtlich never raised his arms as one of the suspects punched Schwirtlich in the face and left him unconscious on the sidewalk.
He's currently undergoing treatment for a fractured skull and jaw.
Perez was picked up by Corpus Christi police on Friday after they interviewed his brother.
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