A woman was hit in the head with a hammer and a San Andreas man was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of attempted murder.

Sgt. Rachelle Whiting said the reason for the attack is being investigated.

Whiting said the man and the woman were acquaintances but not related, and there is no evidence of a business relationship between the two.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office received a report at :50 a.m. Monday from a family member of the woman who told dispatchers that an altercation may be occuring at the woman’s residence. The woman had called the family member about an argument, Whiting said.

It is not believed that anyone else was present during the attack, Whiting said.

The woman sustain a major injury and was transported to Mark Twain Medical Center and then to an out-of-county trauma center.

Whiting said the hammer was recovered for evidence.

Donovan Agasi, 45, of San Andreas, was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse.

His bail was set at $1 million, and he remained in the custody of the Calaveras County Jail Monday afternoon.

Sex offender attempts to touch 10-year old girl

A convicted sex offender was arrested on Friday on suspicion of attempting to touch the private parts of a 10-year-old girl outside a grocery store in Sonora.

Sonora Chief of Police Turu VanderWiel said the 41-year-old man, a Sonora resident, approached the girl while she was outside the store. He made a comment and reached for her, but she ran away before being physically harmed.

The man did not appear to have any relationship with the victim, VanderWiel said.

The incident was reported by the girl’s grandmother on Jan. 24.

According to a Sonora Police Department press release, the girl left Savemart to retrieve something from her grandmother’s car. The man fled after the girl ran from him.

VanderWiel said the report was confirmed by surveillance video reviewed by an officer.

It took more than a week for the man to be identified and subsequently arrested at his place of employment on the 400 block of South Washington Street.

A description was issued to officers by witnesses, and a grocery store employee identified him as an employee of a used-car business, VanderWiel said.

According to law enforcement records, the man was categorized in a low-risk category for reoffending and does not appear on Megan’s Law, a public database for sexual offenders.

The police department does not have any other reports at this time believed to be associated with the man, VanderWiel said.

Michael Paul Ludwig, 42, of Sonora, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of assault to commit lewd or lascivious acts on a child.

His bail was set at $100,000 and, as of Monday afternoon, he remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.

Man assaults staff of downtown bar

A 21-year-old Sonora resident was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor battery after a fight at a downtown Sonora bar where a bouncer was kicked in the head and a bartender punched to the ground.

Sonora Chief of Police Turu VanderWiel said a disturbance or fight arose between at least two patrons of The Office Bar at about 1 a.m. on Sunday.

The bartender and bouncer attempted to remove the patrons from the bar, who both became violent toward the employees, he said.

One man involved in the fight was identified and arrested. The other has not been identified.

The bouncer wrestled the unidentified patron to the floor during the ejection from the bar when it was believed the Sonora man kicked him in the head, VanderWiel said.

The Sonora man was also believed to have punched a female bartender in head while he was being ejected. She then closed the front door of the bar on the man, who punched the window of the door and broke it.
When she opened the door to tell him to stop and that she was calling the police, he hit her again in the head and pushed her backwards, which caused her to fall and hit her head on the concrete, VanderWiel said.
Both men left the bar when law enforcement was called, VanderWiel said.

Joseph Kish, 21, was found a short distance from The Office and arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor vandalism.

His bail was set at $40,000, and he was bonded out of custody.

The Sonora Police Department is still seeking the unidentified subject. Anyone with information regarding the fight is asked to contact (209) 532-8143.

The victims did not report any serious injuries as a result of the fight, the press release stated.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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