A Mammoth Lakes resident has been arrested for attempted murder and domestic violence after first allegedly claiming to be his brother, then allegedly beating up his girlfriend. To the girlfriend’s dismay, the suspect, Jonathon Anderson, 24, was eventually found hiding under her bed while she slept.
Mammoth Lakes Police Department is reporting that the incident started around 1:40 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4.
MLPD officers initially responded to a radio call of people arguing at a residence on Mono Street. The officers met with the female victim and a suspect who identified himself as Donald Anderson. The female victim, whose name was not identified, said she and “Donald” had been having a verbal argument only and that it was over. Donald did not have any identification and the officers determined that Donald Anderson was not wanted on any warrants and the officers cleared the scene.
Approximately one hour later, officers responded to a second call of a loud argument at the same address. When officers arrived, they were met by the female victim who now had numerous visible injuries, including marks on her neck and a swollen lip, according to MLPD.
She told the officers that the person who identified himself earlier as “Donald” was actually her boyfriend, Jonathon Anderson. She said that after the officers left, the argument continued and he’d choked her to the point she couldn’t breathe and struck her in the face.
The victim added that Jonathon had lied earlier and given his brother’s name. While the officers were present, the real Donald Anderson came out of the house and identified himself with valid identification. He was unaware that his brother had used his name.
According to MLPD, Jonathon had fled the scene before the officers arrived. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate him. The victim was offered a place to stay, but she said she felt safe staying at home with Donald there.
Officers continued their investigation and learned that Jonathon Anderson had a felony warrant from San Bernardino and was on active parole, and had a parole hold in effect for his arrest. They also learned that he was friends with other parolees living in the same neighborhood.
Since the MLPD has limited resources, assistance was sought from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies responded to Mammoth Lakes and an operation was set up to check all the acquaintances’ residences along with the original crime scene.
At 8:15 a.m. the same morning, MLPD officers and Sheriff’s deputies returned to the address on Mono Street to check on the welfare of the victim and see if Jonathon had returned.
The victim reported that Jonathon returned again about 4:30 a.m. and again choked her. She said she tried to call 911 on her cell phone, but Jonathon took it from her and destroyed it. Donald and another occupant separated Jonathon from the victim and he left for the third time. The occupants of the house then all went to sleep.
The house was searched by the officers again and they discovered Jonathon hiding under the bed where the victim was sleeping. She told officers she had no idea he was there and was reportedly terrified when told that’s where he was.
Paramedics responded and transported the victim to Mammoth Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.
Jonathon was arrested and booked for alleged attempted murder, felony domestic violence, parole violation, destroying a cell phone when used to make an emergency call and resisting arrest.
He is being held without bail at the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport.