Assaults in Grover Beach send two to hospital, two others to jail

Michael Nonella
Michael Nonella

Two men were arrested in separate assault-related incidents in Grover Beach early Sunday morning.

In the first incident, police were called at 3:30 a.m. to the 700 block of S. Fifth Street, where two men were reportedly fighting.

When officers arrived, one of the men had already left, according to a news release from the Grover Beach Police Department. The other man still at the residence had serious injuries after being hit repeatedly by a blunt object.

The victim was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

Officers found the suspect, Michael Wayne Nonella, 22, a short distance from the home and arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder.

The second incident happened at 4:33 a.m., according to police.

Officers were called to the 200 block of N. Sixth Street after someone was reportedly assaulted.

As officers responded, numerous people called 911 to say a man was yelling for help and knocking on doors in the area.

When officers arrived, they found the victim lying on the front porch of a residence, bleeding profusely from a serious head injury. The man said he had been held against his will and hit over the head with a golf club. He said he escaped by jumping through a window. The victim was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

Officers went to the home where the original assault call had been reported. After investigating and finding physical evidence, officers arrested Craig Kenneth Bruington, 30, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked at County Jail. Police said the investigation is ongoing, and additional charges may be sought.