Suspect accused of hitting woman with hoe, man with fist


A South Taft man is in jail after he allegedly struck a woman with a hoe and then hit a man in the face with his fist the next day.
Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrested Rudy Cruz, 51, on March 7 after the second incident.
The first altercation took place at Cruz' home on the 100 block of Roosevelt Place.
 Sgt. Marc Haiungs said deputies responded there at 5:26 p.m. on March 6 after receiving a report of an assault there.
The deputies were told the suspect and victim, a 48-year-old woman whose name was not released,  argued in a garage on the property.  Cruz threw items at the victim, the sergeant said.
The victim tried to flee to a nearby trailer.  As the victim tried to open the door to the trailer, Cruz swung a garden  hoe at her, striking her in the midsection.  Deputies searched the area for Cruz, but were unable to locate him.
About 14 hours later, on Saturday at 7:38 a.m., deputies were again dispatched to a disturbance at Cruz' home.
Upon their arrival, deputies learned Cruz got into a verbal argument with a 56 year old Ford City man.  He punched the victim in the face before fleeing into his residence.  The victim was able to flee and call law enforcement.
This time the deputies found Cruz hiding on the property.
He was  arrested and booked into the Central Receiving Facility Jail for assault with deadly weapon and felony spousal abuse for the March 6 incident and for misdemeanor battery for the March 7 incident.