Baseball Bat Assault on Mother Lode

On 04/22/2015 at about 5:50 PM, the Sheriff’s Office responded to an assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred in the 5800 Block of Mother Lode Drive west of Placerville near the intersection of Mother Lode Drive and Pleasant Valley Road. The uninvolved caller stated an adult male just hit another adult male in the head with a baseball bat and drove off. The suspect was reportedly driving a late 80’s to early 90’s white Isuzu pickup truck with a ladder in the back. The suspect was described as a white male adult, in his 40’s, about 5’ 8” tall, weighing about 160 lbs., with white hair and possibly a beard, and wearing a blue shirt and blue baseball cap.

Deputies arrived and located the victim who was bleeding from his head while other responding deputies searched for the suspect vehicle. Medics were summoned to treat the injured victim and he was later transported to the hospital. His head injuries were described by deputies as severe.

Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene. The motive behind this vicious attack is unclear and is under investigation. Anyone having information regarding the suspect or suspect vehicle is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 621-5655 or email a crime tip to Callers can remain anonymous if they wish.

Lt. Tom Murdoch

Newtown Medication Robbery

On 04/20/2015 at about 11:57 AM, deputies responded to a reported robbery in the 3000 block of Newtown Road. The female caller stated she was attacked by two subjects who pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. The suspects left in a late 60’s to early 70’s, 2-door dark blue or black pick-up truck. The truck didn’t appear to have a camper shell or a lumber rack on it and was last seen driving towards Placerville. The suspects reportedly dumped out the contents of her purse only taking her medications. She was uninjured.

The first suspect was described as a white male adult, about 30 years old, with dark hair, dark shirt and shorts. The second suspect was described as a white female adult, 25-35 years old, with red hair. There was no clothing description for the female. Both subjects were unknown to the victim. No weapons were seen.

If anyone has information regarding this case, please call the Sheriff’s Office at (530) 621-5655 or email us a crime tip at The incident is under investigation.

Lt. Tom Murdoch

Fight in Diamond Springs

On 04/19/2015 at about 3:34 PM, several Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported fight in the area of Halyard Lane and Halyard Court in Diamond Springs. The caller stated the fight was between at least two males with a female trying to intervene and a juvenile screaming. As the deputies responded, the call was upgraded to an assault with a deadly weapon because baseball bats, screwdrivers, and two more people became involved. Associated vehicles were a white Chevrolet pickup truck and a white Ford Expedition. The truck was described as having couches in the bed.
In the front yard of a house in the 3000 block of Halyard Lane, deputies located an intoxicated shirtless Louis MacDonald who had scratches on his face and torso. The 36 year-old transient was uncooperative with investigating deputies. Deputies wanted medics to check his injuries but he refused.
Several possible witnesses were contacted in the area. No one claimed to have seen a fight or be directly involved in the incident. Deputies walked the old railroad tracks towards WalMart looking for people who might have participated or were injured in the altercation. The old railroad right-of-way is an area frequented by transients. Deputy Nick Cortez found a screwdriver in the vicinity of Louis MacDonald however no one claimed ownership. Deputy Cortez recovered the screwdriver and booked it for safe keeping. No baseball bats were located.
Due to the level of his intoxication, Louis MacDonald was taken into custody for Public Intoxication and booked into the El Dorado County Jail. The fight is still under investigation.
Lt. Tom Murdoch



Booking photo of Louis MacDonald