Los Osos man arrested in Merced County for alleged assault with machete, broomstick

Jeffrey Allan Kelly, 37, of Los Osos was arrested in Atwater on Jan. 5.
Jeffrey Allan Kelly, 37, of Los Osos was arrested in Atwater on Jan. 5.

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.

She escaped on foot with only minor injuries and flagged down a volunteer Atwater police patrol.

Officers who searched the vehicle allegedly found the machete, a crossbow, nunchaku, three rifles, a BB gun and ammunition, the Sun-Star reported.

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.