A woman was hit in the head with a folding shovel by a burglar when she awoke early on Saturday morning in her home in 44800 Block of Tehachapi Pass in Temecula, a Sheriff’s official reported.
Eighteen-year-old Gabriel Jimenez Ramirez, who was allegedly under the influence of a substance, broke into the woman’s home and waited for her to wake up. When she did wake up, she called out to Ramirez after spotting him; Ramirez then struck her with the shovel and ran from the home, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
Officers were already investigating another attempted burglary in the area when they received a report on Ramirez’s break in and assault. They set up a perimeter in the local area until they located Ramirez and arrested him without incident, Sgt. Kevin McDonald said.
He was booked into the Southwest Detention Center for two counts of attempted burglary, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to McDonald.
The female victim of the assault was expected to be OK. She only received superficial injuries and declined medical attention, McDonald said.
Anyone who may have additional information is encouraged to contact Officer Art Weissman at the Temecula Police Department at (951)-696-3000.