The Calaveras County Sheriff released information on an apparent attempt at homicide in Valley Springs today, March 31, 2015. The actual attack took place on March 29 on Paloma Road in Valley Springs. The Sheriff’s Department reports deputies responded to reports of an attack occurring at 6:05 p.m. Sunday evening on the 300 block of Paloma Rd and found a male victim, 59 years old, with significant injuries and a large amount of blood on him from a head wound.
During an investigation at the scene, Deputies gathered enough evidence from residents in the area who heard the attack and reported it, that there were two suspects. One suspect wore a ski mask and had a baseball bat. The two suspects initially threw something at the unnamed victim’s car which prompted the driver to stop and get out of his vehicle.
When the victim got out, one suspect used pepper spray on him and the other suspect began beating the victim with the bat. On Monday, March 30, deputies served a warrant at a home on the 300 block of Paloma Rd and arrested 43 year-old Jeffrey Scott Newby along with 18 year-old Mike Patrick Newby for attempted murder.
Mike Newby was booked into Calaveras County Jail for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a crime, and Illegal Use of Pepper spray with his bail set at $1,003,750. Jeffrey Newby was booked into jail on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy with his bail set at $1,000,000. The victim was transported by air ambulance to a valley hospital for medical treatment.
The community is understandably concerned about the attack, however, without information on what prompted the attack, all of the furor on the linked web page at MML and on the ground in Valley Springs is based on hearsay and speculation. No one knows why the two chose to attack the victim, and no one can offer a rationale for a vigilante justice action by these two citizens.