A Los Osos man was arrested earlier this month in Merced County on domestic violence charges after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend with a broomstick and held her at bay with a machete, officials there say.
Jeffrey Allan Kelly, 37, was arrested Jan. 5 after surrendering to police in connection with a violent incident the previous day, the Merced Sun-Star reported.
Atwater police Lt. Samuel Joseph told the paper that Kelly and his girlfriend, also a Los Osos resident, were traveling through town when they got into an argument inside their vehicle, described as a utility truck with a camper shell.
Kelly struck the woman with the broomstick, threatened her life and “held a machete to the back of her neck,” Joseph said.
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She escaped on foot with only minor injuries and flagged down a volunteer Atwater police patrol.
Kelly was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon and released on an unspecified amount of bail the next day, according to jail records.
Kelly has a criminal history in San Luis Obispo County, according to San Luis Obispo Superior Court records.
He was convicted of false imprisonment in 2010 and violating a protective order in 2012.
In the 2010 case, he faced two felony counts of assault with a firearm and four misdemeanor charges including threatening a person with a firearm and being under the influence of a controlled substance for a 2009 incident in which he held an Atascadero man at gunpoint, records show.
Those charges were dismissed after he accepted a plea deal with prosecutors, pleading no contest to the misdemeanor false imprisonment.
Court records for proceedings in Merced Superior Court were not available Thursday.