FALLBROOK–Sheriff’s deputies released the identity of the suspect accused of attacking a deputy with bat while he sat in an unmarked vehicle.
The suspect, Jesus Cirilo Rodriguez, a 30-year-old Fallbrook man, was arrested for two counts of assault of a peace officer with a deadly weapon.
Rodriguez was booked and his bail was set at $100,000. He is currently being treated at an area hospital under guard and will be arraigned this week.
Last Wednesday, Fallbrook deputies responded to investigate three unprovoked assaults in the area of Reche Road and Ranger Road. The first event occurred on last Wednesday evening, followed by two more Thursday night. In each case, a lone male suspect armed with a bat attacked victims in parked cars. Each attack was unprovoked and resulted in vehicle damage and/or injury before the victims fled to escape their attacker.
In response to this disturbing crime trend, Fallbrook deputies conducted surveillance of the area in an unmarked vehicle. While monitoring the area, Deputy David Cortez, parked in an unmarked vehicle was also violently attacked by a lone male suspect armed with a bat. The suspect smashed the window of the vehicle, injuring Cortez inside when he was showered with broken glass. The deputy defended himself and shot the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon and treated at the scene for his injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and underwent surgery to treat multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. The deputy sustained a laceration to his forehead.