SAN JACINTO: Officials investigating after man attacks woman with baseball bat inside Walmart

SAN JACINTO —  Officials are investigating after a man allegedly beat a woman with a baseball bat inside a San Jacinto Walmart, Thanksgiving afternoon, Thursday, Nov. 23. The bloody bat attack happened inside the Walmart at 1861 S. San Jacinto.

Two good Samaritans who came to the rescue of a woman who was brutally beaten with a baseball bat detain the alleged suspect while waiting for deputies to arrive. Hemet Scoop photo

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s San Jacinto Police Station responded to the Walmart about 1:30 p.m., regarding reports of a man who had attacked a woman with a baseball bat near the bike and toy sections inside the store.

According to 911 callers, a man who witnessed the attack tackled the alleged bat-wielding suspect to the ground, where he held the man until deputies arrived. The good Samaritan was assisted by another Walmart shopper in detaining the suspect.

The alleged suspect has not yet been identified and no motive for the violent and bloody attack is yet known.

Deputies later took the unidentified man into custody inside the store while paramedics treated the beaten and bloodied woman. It was not immediately known if the victim was transported to a hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

After the man was apprehended, a Walmart employee was seen mopping up pools of blood that were left on the ground after the attack.

As of this report, no information was available yet regarding the suspect or victim and officials have not provided any details regarding their investigation. Requests for additional information had not yet been responded to.

This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.


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