Topaz Inspection Worker Assaulted with Hammer

245 (a) (1) PC, Possible 664/187 PC, SEEKING SIMILAR CRIMES / FURTHER INFORMATION
On August 5, 2021, at approximately 2045 hours, an unknown suspect walked into the back door of the Topaz Agricultural Inspection Station, located on the southbound side of US 395, just south of the California / Nevada State Line.  The suspect entered the office, armed with a small sledgehammer or similar weapon.  The suspect found the victim, a 70-year-old Agriculture Inspector, on duty and in uniform, standing in front of a computer station in the office.  The suspect struck the victim in the back of the head and the left side of the victim’s face, knocking the victim to the ground.  The victim immediately fought off the suspect and regained his footing.  Another on duty Agriculture Inspector ran out into traffic lanes to seek assistance from a passing motorist.  The suspect fled out the side door of the station and ran down the northbound shoulder of US 395, to a vehicle waiting approximately 200 yards south of the station (on the southbound side).  The suspect entered the passenger side of the vehicle and the vehicle fled southbound on US 395.  The victim declined medical aid from Antelope Valley Fire and drove to his home prior to officers arriving.
Upon arrival, Officers canvased the area and spoke to several witnesses.  The Officers were able to interview the victim later that evening.
The suspect is described as a white male adult, mid 30’s, thin build, approximately 6’ tall, with unkempt/medium length red hair, unshaven, wearing soiled blue jeans, a faded orange t-shirt, tennis shoes and armed with a small sledgehammer or similar blunt object.  There is no vehicle description at this time.
There is no known motive for this assault at this time.
Should the public have any information regarding this suspect or this incident, please contact the California Highway Patrol’s Bishop Inland Communications Center (BICC) at (760) 872-5900 and ask to be placed in contact with Officer Montoya or Sergeant Henderson.
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FatWhiteBob
FatWhiteBob
1 year ago

2 out of 3 people are democrat in California. Move to San Francisco I hear it’s safe there

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago
Reply to  FatWhiteBob

FatWhiteBob
And that means 1 out of 3 people living in California are still whining and complaining how the November 2020 election was “stolen from them” and their idol…

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago

Rick O’Brien We now live in a society where,when things like this happen,many come to expect Law Enforcement to totally handle the situation. I agree,with vehicle discription and a good chance the victim being able to I.D. the attacker,seems he’d get caught on the highway,or at least identified and arrested… Read more »

Bob K
Bob K
1 year ago
Reply to  David Dennison

I totally agree with you Rick. You’ve got to wonder how many of these “down” voters also come down on the police when they try to do their job. It has gotten worse over the last few years, especially up here. Last time I brought this up it was suggested… Read more »

BobK
BobK
1 year ago

Rick. It’s a Thursday night, approximately 9pm, the nearest police/Sheriffs station/ CHP station, 30 minutes away. Sorry, they don’t have capes and can’t fly.

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
1 year ago
Reply to  BobK

You can’t out-run a Motorola…

David Dennison
David Dennison
1 year ago

Seems maybe getting to the point we all have to arm ourselves. Can’t help but thing\k,how about if you’r on a fishing trip to the Walker River,next thing you know some nut comes up swinging a hammer. And to why,myself,I always carry when on any outings off the beaten path… Read more »

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
1 year ago

Way back in 1978 , I drove out of a Bishop gas station, not paying for 21 dollars worth of gas . The CHP got me in Independence an hour later . Even though I left the station NORTH bound , I doubled back & went south. One road in… Read more »