APACHE JUNCTION — An Apache Junction man got into a fight with a transient who tried to break into his home, police said.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Paul G. Orciani, 37, is charged with assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

At 8 p.m. on Feb. 3, Apache Junction Police officers responded to a call of an assault in the 300 block of North Saguaro Drive. A man reported that a man he knew, later identified as Orciani, had allegedly knocked on his door asking about a flashlight he left behind. The man said he occasionally let Orciani stay on his property. He told Orciani that he didn’t have his flashlight and started to close the door.

The man said Orciani got angry, pushed the door open and forced his way into the home. Orciani then allegedly attacked the man, punching him in the head and neck.

The man said during the fight he and Orciani rolled out of the door and into the front yard. Neighbors who saw the fight came to break it up.

One witness who said he was in the home when Orciani forced his way in confirmed the victim’s story. Two other witnesses said they heard the sound of the fight and came to help. One of the witnesses said he brought a gun to help break up the fight. All three witnesses said they saw Orciani strike the man with a long object, such as a flashlight or pipe.

A fourth witness said he saw Orciani force his way into the home and swing a fist at the man.

Officers located Orciani in the 600 block of North Saguaro Drive. At first Orciani refused to comply with officers’ commands, but one officer, who had worked with Orciani in the past, was able to calm him down and officers were able to take him into custody. Officers noted that Orciani did not seem to understand his Miranda rights after he was informed of them.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.