A 34-year-old man was arrested after allegedly attacking a woman with what appeared to be a medieval mace in Sacramento early Monday, deputies told KTLA sister station KTXL.
The victim, in her 50s, was out walking her dog on Garfield Avenue near Auburn Boulevard around 4:15 a.m. when the brutal assault occurred, the television station reported.
The woman told Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies that the man went up to her and started beating her with the mace, according to the station.
Initially, she reported that the man had killed her dog before fleeing the scene, but authorities later said the canine was found alive. The dog, described as a chubby dachshund mix, appeared to be OK, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The beating left the victim with a a punctured skull, according to the station. She was expected to survive.
Deputies arrested the suspect, identified as Travis Lanning, at the scene, KTXL reported.
He has been booked on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon or instrument, according to Sacramento County inmate records.
Lanning’s bail was set at $50,000.
He was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon, jail records showed.
KTLA sister station KTXL contributed to this story.