An 18-year-old man was arrested Saturday after allegedly striking a woman on the head with a shovel during a burglary at her home in Temecula, authorities said.
Gabriel Jimenez Ramirez, of Perris, was taken into custody by Temecula police following a search of a residential area near Pauba Valley Elementary School, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Officers responded about 5:14 a.m. to the 44800 block of Tehachapi Pass (map), the statement said. They were investigating a report of an attempted residential burglary when they were notified by dispatchers that another break-in had just occurred nearby.
In the second incident, the female victim had been asleep before awaking to find Ramirez standing in her bedroom, sheriff’s officials said.
“She called out ot him, and the male suspect hit her in the head with a folding shovel and ran from the residence,” according to the statement.
The woman suffered superficial injuries and declined medical attention.
Ramirez was booked into the Southwest Detention Center for two counts of attempted burglary, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, and being under the influence of a controlled substance, online records showed.
Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Art Weissman of the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.