YUCCA VALLEY — A 32-year-old Yucca Valley man was arrested for attempted murder, but later charged with assault with a deadly weapon, on allegations that he hit his girlfriend with an ax and kicked her while wearing steel-toed boots.
The attack happened April 25, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Deputies say Ronald Sartain struck the woman with an ax and a glass vase and kicked her with steel-toed boots, causing serious injuries.
She was able to escape and run for help, the sheriff’s call log indicates. A friend drove her to Hi-Desert Medical Center.
Detectives found Sartain around 1:30 p.m. Friday in a vehicle near Cherokee Trail and Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley. Driving the vehicle was 41-year-old Daniel Correll, of Joshua Tree.
Detectives tried to stop the vehicle, but Correll reversed and hit one of the detectives’ vehicles, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Correll was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and was later released on bail.
“Sartain resisted arrest and was taken into custody after a short struggle with detectives,” a news release states.
Detectives served a search warrant at the site of the alleged attack in the 55000 block of Santa Fe Trail in Yucca Valley and found the ax, vase and steel-toed boots.
The district attorney filed two charges of assault with a deadly weapon against Sartain, along with an allegation that he committed the crime while out of jail on bail. Judge Joel Agron entered not guilty pleas on his behalf Tuesday, set bail at $450,000 and set a hearing for May 8.
Sartain was released from jail on a promise to appear last month on a charge of drug use. He has pleaded not guilty to that charge.
He also has another case in the Joshua Tree courthouse, for felony charges of robbery and drug possession stemming from an incident in January 2016. He pleaded not guilty in March 2017 and posted $300,000 bail.