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2 arrested for assault, accused of beating man found asleep inside southwest side home

OKLAHOMA CITY - Two men were arrested for allegedly assaulting a man who was found asleep after breaking into a southwest side home, with one man reportedly identifying himself as a police officer, officials said Wednesday night.

Oklahoma City Police said they were called to a home in the 2900 block of SW 21st Street shortly after 4:00 p.m. for a disturbance call. According to police, a woman called 911 after going inside the home and finding a man asleep inside. Before officers arrived, police said a separate group showed up and two men assaulted the man.

"She told us someone had broken into her house and was sleeping. Some unrelated people also arrived before police and identified, at least one of them, identified themselves as a police officer and went inside the house and assaulted the man who had broke in," said Lt. Michelle Henderson. "(The men) left before the officers arrived. Found one nearby and found another after a search. Those two men were arrested and the man who was assaulted was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and he’ll be charged with breaking and entering."

Police said the two men arrested for assault, whose names or ages weren't immediately available, will likely face additional charges.

Children's toys and dolls could be seen strewn about the street corner of the property. The disturbance call capping off what has been a tumultuous week for the woman who called police.

On February 4, police were called to the same home for an unresponsive 3-year-old boy. The boy, identified by police as Elias Mendoza, was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Officials said the boy suffered trauma consistent with child abuse. The boy's father, 28-year-old Jesus Marquez, was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on child abuse complaints.

"At this time, it does not appear related," Henderson said of the break in and assault, and the boy's death. "The woman who called 911 was involved, as the biological mother of (Elias). But it does not appear it was related to this assault."

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