Oildale suspect arrested for assault with a hammer, robbery

Suspect beat victim with a hammer

OILDALE, Calif. -  

Deputies arrested a suspect after he reportedly entered a home in Oildale and beat a victim with a hammer Sunday morning.

On Nov. 25,  at 2:10 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies received a report of a man beating people with a hammer in a house on Lincoln Ave. in Oildale. 

Deputies said they arrived and found the suspect, 20-year-old Bobby Joe Smith III, being held down by the victims at the house.

Officials said that residents reported that Smith came inside their home wearing a mask and gloves and demanded their computers and other electronics and brandished a hammer at them. 

Family members said they were then attacked by Smith who hit a male victim several times with the hammer.  Another family member subdued and disarmed Smith by hitting him in the head with a baseball bat.  Family members then held Smith down until the Deputies arrived moments later.

Smith was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and burglary. 

Officials said Smith was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. 

A male victim at the house was treated for bruises and cuts to his back, abdomen and legs from the hammer attack.   

 Officials are investigating this incident as a home invasion robbery.

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