A man who allegedly broke into a home on Woodson Avenue near Corning on Monday tried to stab a sheriff’s sergeant when confronted by law enforcement responding to the burglary.
When Tehama County sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Knox entered the 3600 block of Woodson Avenue residence around 11:55 a.m. on March 4 in response to a man acting aggressively in the area, Robert Ryan Raymond, 59, tried to stab the sergeant with a screwdriver, reported the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.
A neighbor of the residence belonging to Samuel Vanella, said Raymond was acting strange and aggressively when he came onto her property.
“I told him to leave, but he just kept yelling at me and coming closer to my home,” she said. “I grabbed by phone and called the sheriff’s office because he really scared me.”
Knox was responding to that call with assistance from the Corning police Sgt. Craig Bassett.
Knox saw a truck door open in the driveway of Vanella’s residence and stopped to check things out.
As he got closer to the home he noticed a side door open into the residence.
Knox and Bassett entered the home and found Raymond allegedly hiding behind a door in a bedroom.
“We told him to come out of the bedroom, but he refused,” Bassett said.
As the two sergeants attempted to grab Raymond, he allegedly produced a screwdriver and started slashing and stabbing at the sergeants, resulting in a violent struggle and Knox using his baton as both defense and a weapon in an effort to subdue Raymond.
The sergeants were able to take Raymond into custody and placed him in handcuffs as they waited for medical personnel to arrive. Raymond, who was allegedly found in possession of a cell phone believed to belong to Vanella, was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital where he was medically cleared before being booked into the Tehama County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer, residential burglary and resisting officers. Bail was set at $565,000.
Knox, a 29-year-veteran with the department, suffered several injuries when Raymond tried to stab him. He was saved from serious injury to his abdomen when his protective vest protected him from the screwdriver that went through his uniform into the vest, reported the sheriff’s office. Knox was treated at the hospital for his injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Bassett said he suffered cuts and scrapes to his leg during the fight, but didn’t require medical treatment.