Jeffrey Fenn--the former deliveryman whose acclaim for rescuing actress Theresa Saldana from a stabbing attack led to a new career as a sheriff's deputy--remained hospitalized Thursday after he was beaten by the stepfather of a girl who had just assaulted Fenn's son, police said.
Fenn suffered lost teeth, bruised ribs and a concussion Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by Jonathan David Covington on the grounds of Santa Fe Intermediate School in Monrovia, investigators said. Covington, 27, of Altadena, was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony battery. His bail was set at $50,000.
According to police, Fenn, 40, who is assigned to the Temple City Sheriff's Station, was off duty when he went to the school about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday to pick up his son, who is a student there. Officers said that when Fenn saw his son being assaulted by Covington's daughter, Fenn took the girl to the principal's office.
When Fenn returned to the playground, he was confronted by Covington, who had been told what had happened, said Monrovia Police Lt. Terry Dochnahl. Fenn identified himself as a sheriff's deputy and asked Covington to go with him to the school office, Dochnahl said.