Hammer Assault Victim Treated for ‘Several Lacerations,’ Suspect Arrested
On 05-16-2015 at approximately 4:33 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 100 block of Yuki Boulevard in Covelo, California because of a report of a male victim being assaulted by another male with a hammer.
A Round Valley Tribal Police Officer arrived while Deputies were responding, interrupting the crime and preventing the victim from sustaining more significant injuries.
Among the victim’s injuries was a head laceration described as being four inches in length.
The suspect fled from the Tribal Officer, first on foot and then in a white Chevrolet pickup. The Tribal Police Officer lost sight of the suspect’s vehicle at that time.
As the first Deputy arrived in the area, a call came into Tribal Police from a citizen advising of the suspect’s location at a travel trailer in a field on Refuse Road in Covelo.
The suspect, Adam Kendall, was located in the trailer described by the caller and subsequently surrendered himself without incident to a Sheriff’s Office K9 unit assisted by a Round Valley Tribal Police Officer. Kendall was arrested for attempted murder.
Preliminary investigations indicated Kendall and the victim knew each other and that the incident may have stemmed from an unpaid debt that Kendall felt was owed to him by the victim.
Information collected by Deputies suggested Kendall traveled to Covelo from New Jersey on 05-16-2015 for the purpose of assaulting the victim.
The victim was transported via air ambulance to a medical facility outside of Mendocino County and was treated for a broken right wrist, fractured left orbital socket and several lacerations. The victim was expected to survive his injuries.
Kendall was booked into the Mendocino County Jail and was to be held in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.