An Idaho man was arrested Wednesday evening, Sept. 13 for allegedly assaulting his sister during an unwelcome visit at her house in the 2100 block of Fifth Street.
Police were called at 8:13 p.m. about a possible assault with a deadly weapon incident. Officers found a woman standing in her front yard holding the back of her head. She told police that her brother, Thomas Moffitt, 34, of Filer, Idaho, was in town visiting and had stopped by her house. She believed Moffitt was under the influence of drugs so she asked him to leave and he became upset, said Ceres Police Department spokesman Lt. James Yandell. Moffitt allegedly started punching the victim in the face and the back of her head before dragging her outside. The sister grabbed a baseball bat but Moffitt ripped it out of her hands. Moffitt then struck her in the stomach three times before running off.
Officers set up a perimeter in the neighborhood and started searching for Moffitt. During the search a concerned citizen told officers they had heard someone coughing in the backyard of a vacant residence. Officers found Moffitt hiding behind the air conditioner condenser on the roof. Police brought him down with the help of the Ceres firefighters.
Moffitt had injured his leg while jumping fences and had to be medically cleared at the hospital before being booked for assault with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and battery.
The victim refused medical treatment but later sought treatment at a local hospital and was released.