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Man faces attempted murder charge

Allegedly fired shot at fleeing girlfriend carrying their baby

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Man faces attempted murder charge

A suspect an attempted murder was arrested by Manteca Police Monday in the 600 block of Agate avenue.

GIL POMALES/The Bulletin

POSTED May 21, 2013 2:05 a.m.

A 27-year-old Manteca man was taken into custody at gunpoint late Monday morning and charged with four felonies including the attempted murder of his live-in girlfriend who had been running away from him while carrying their baby in her arms in the predawn hours.

Police said William Frederick Grasso, 27, fired a single shot at the woman in the dark as she was reportedly attempting to get away from him at about 2:20 a.m. in the 600 block of Agate Avenue.  Before graveyard officers arrived on the scene, of what was described as a domestic violence call, he had reportedly fled from the neighborhood in his pickup truck.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Monday officers located Grasso’s vehicle parked in the driveway back at the Agate Avenue residence and cordoned off the entire block for fear the suspect would resist officers.  He was considered armed and dangerous as patrol officers with assault rifles set up a perimeter around the house.  Grasso exited the home at the order of officers and was taken to the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp where he is being held without bail.

Lt. Tony Souza said a hand gun was found in the back of Grasso’s vehicle in the driveway of the home Monday when officers searched his truck.  He said it is believed to be the same weapon that was used in the alleged midnight assault.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, he is being held for suspicion of false imprisonment by violence, inflicting corporal injury on a co-habitant, and child abuse/endangerment.

Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said Grasso had dragged the woman through the house by her neck as she held their baby during the initial domestic violence event Monday morning, refusing to let her leave the residence.  The suspect also threw a heavy object at the victim as she continued to hold their child, the officer said.

His court date is set for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court.

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