The Union Democrat

Sonora man accused of attempted Thanksgivi­ng murder


A 32-year-old man is accused of trying to kill two men he lived with in Sonora on the night of Thanksgivi­ng who were described as elderly in a news release from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.

The release said sheriff’s deputies responded on Thursday night to a residence on Green

Acres Road for a report of two elderly victims who had been physically attacked.

Deputies found two men at the scene suffering from serious injuries from the alleged attack, the release said. Both were transporte­d to an undisclose­d hospital for medical treatment.

An investigat­ion determined a third person who lived on the property was the suspected attacker, and had left before deputies arrived.

Sheriff’s detectives came out to investigat­e further before putting out a “be-on-the-lookout” advisory to other law enforcemen­t agencies for the suspect, Anthony Manuel Quintero.

A California Highway Patrol officer came across Quintero the

following day walking on Highway 108 near Clarks Fork Road, east of Donnell Vista and west of Dardanelle Resort.

Quintero was taken into custody and booked into the Dambacher Detention Center in Sonora at 11:44 a.m. Friday on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse resulting in great bodily injury, all felonies, as well as misdemeano­r resisting arrest.

Online records and jail booking logs showed Quintero remained in custody at the jail Tuesday afternoon with his bail set at $500,000.

Deputy Niccoli Sandelin, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that Quintero was known to the victims as he lived on the same property, though he didn’t have any further informatio­n as to their relationsh­ip.

The Sheriff’s Office also had not publicly released the names, ages or conditions of the alleged victims.

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