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Man accused of attacking woman, dog with baseball bat in Wildomar

October 15, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Angel Mendoza allegedly used a baseball bat to hit a woman and her dog, authorities say.
Angel Mendoza allegedly used a baseball bat to hit a woman and her dog, authorities… (Riverside County Sheriff's…)

A Riverside County man was arrested on suspicion of using a baseball bat to strike a 27-year-old woman and her dog during a fight, authorities said Tuesday.

Angel Mendoza, 26, is accused of hitting the woman and the dog in the head in Wildomar after the brawl broke out Sunday night between several people reportedly armed with knives and bats, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Sgt. Linda Maria Hughes said the dog tried to bite Mendoza.

"Mendoza hit the dog in the head with the baseball bat, causing injuries," Hughes said in a statement.

The woman sustained injuries described by authorities as minor.

As deputies arrived, several suspects fled. Mendoza allegedly took off in the woman's vehicle and eventually crashed. He was arrested and was being held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

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