Suspect in elderly woman assault had contact with Grass Valley Police before assault

suspect-in-assault-and-carjackingThe assault of an elderly female in front of St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley in the early morning hours of July 5 — now being reported widely on Sacramento TV news, not just in our community — has led to an arrest warrant.

Grass Valley Police said they had prior contact with the suspect as recently as 1 a.m on July 5 in Condon Park, according to a press release. KCRA News reported on Monday night the man had been sleeping on park benches. “Several churchgoers told police the man had been hanging around outside the church for about a week,” according to the CBS affiliate in Sacramento.

The suspect allegedly assaulted the elderly woman sometime between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m. on July 5, according to media reports

“A search of prior police calls for service for all local law enforcement agencies in Nevada County revealed that between 05/09/2015 and 07/05/2015 Kierkegaard had been contacted three (3) times for municipal code issues by the Grass Valley Police Department,” the GVDA said in a press release.

“Grass Valley Patrol Officers contacted Kierkegaard at approximately 1:00AM on the morning of 07/05/2015 in Condon Park. Investigators were able to link the clothing description witnessed by patrol officers to clothing worn by the suspect seen in church surveillance video around the time of the assault.”

“According to database searches Kierkegaard came to Nevada County in May, 2015. It is believed that he had previously resided in the Mono/Kern County areas as well as the state of Washington. Kierkegaard does not have a California criminal history record.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “Suspect in elderly woman assault had contact with Grass Valley Police before assault”

  1. Here is an update from the Church:

    “We extend an invitation to a Mass of Healing in honor of our dear friend Mary Grace Tassone who was attacked at St. Patrick Church early Sunday morning. Mass will be this Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00 pm in St. Patrick Church followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a Rosary. We hope you can join us as we hold Mary Grace in prayer and ask the Lord to be with her and bring her healing.
    Please help us spread this information.”

  2. Here’s a turnabout: “Bradley Jackson” on Facebook — a vocal longtimer about the problems of our homeless — is praising the GVPD. He used to be asking “was this preventable”?

  3. Sleeping on benches at Condon Park. Where are the homeless supposed to sleep? Would he be up and about and desperate at 5:30 am if he’d had a place to sleep or disturbed by officers telling him to leave? Such a quandary! GVPD has done a steller job handling the homeless so I really don’t blame them. They have to work and deal with this because society doesn’t want to.
    Recently, I was parked in a space overlooking the road at the $ store up near the shelter. From this vantage point I could see the road beneath. Rested against a tree was an elderly homeless person with some belongings. Just beyond to my left I observed a young man sitting in a car. He got out and went to the embankment of the freeway to pee. Along came a man in a black SUV truck, maybe about 65 years old. He parked just above the old man, got out and talked to the old guy resting against the tree. After talking to him the old man proceeded to get up with great difficulty, grab his bag and slowly make his way across the street toward my direction. Then the guy who ran that old man off proceeded to address the younger man returning from relieving himself. I’m assuming that these folks were waiting to get in line for the shelter in time to get in when it opened for the night. I couldn’t observe any longer, did my shopping, left. By the time I got out there was no sign of anyone. I wondered where that old man went to given that he moved so slowly. Perhaps made his way to another tree to rest and hope not to be disturbed? I wonder who the guy in the black SUV truck was and why he appeared to have the authority to run them off.

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