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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Suspect in wrench attack is back in jail

  • Man wanted for hitting coworker failed to appear at his arraignment. He was arrested Monday morning
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    The suspect in an attack on a coworker in the oilfields near Derby Acres is back in jail.
    Michael Ralph Atkison was free on bail on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and failed to appear at his arraignment in Kern County Superior Court in Lamont last week.
    A warrant for his arrest was issued at that point.
    Atkison, 46, was booked into the Kern County Sheriff's central receiving facility at 11:07 a.m. Monday, the Sheriff's website shows.
    The details of his arrest were not available.
    Atkison is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
    He is being held on $150,000 bail for the assault charge and for violation of probation from two misdemeanor counts in Bakersfield from unrelated cases.
    Atkison is accused of hitting Bobby Fitts, 24, in the head with a 24-inch inch wrench at a job site east of Derby Acres.
    Fitts suffered a fractured skull.
    Both men worked for PCL.

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