Assault with dowel rod in Orange

Assault with dowel rod in Orange

Police in Orange arrested a woman they believe to be a suspect in an aggravated assault that occurred on May 7 after stopping her for a traffic violation.

According to reports from the Orange Police Department, dispatch received a call regarding an aggravated assault in the 100 block of Dewey Avenue at about 1:44 a.m. The complainant told police he was held at gunpoint and struck with a large wooden dowel rod after being accused of a stealing a wallet. The man was taken to Baptist Hospital in Orange for treatment for a laceration on the top of his head, which he said was a result of the altercation with the suspect.

At about 4:19 a.m. the same day, Officer James Roy reports he was on patrol in the area of North 10th Street and West John Avenue in Orange when he saw a silver Chevrolet Tahoe traveling westbound on West John Avenue that fit the description the aggravated assault victim gave of the suspect's vehicle. Officer Roy got behind the Tahoe, and when the vehicle's driver reportedly failed to appropriately signal an intent to turn, Roy pulled the vehicle over.

According to the police report, when Roy spoke to the driver of the vehicle, she said she did not have her identification because her wallet had been stolen. The woman identified herself as 48-year-old Geneva Lewis of Orange. After a computer check, dispatch reported to Roy that Lewis' license was invalid. Roy placed the woman under arrest for the infraction.

Roy also reports that officers recovered a large wooden stick while searching the Tahoe. They believe it was the weapon used in the aggravated assault reported hours earlier.

The incidents are still under investigation.