El Dorado Hills Man Arrested in Pitchfork Attack
Belmont was booked into the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem and terrorist threats
Two men were arrested this week in connection with an alleged pitchfork attack and fistfight at a Lake Berryessa-area neighborhood.
Timothy James Anderson, 30, of Santa Cruz County, was taken into custody late Tuesday by Napa County Sheriff's deputies on suspicion of battery.
Steven Dylan Belmont, 30, of El Dorado Hills, was taken into custody Wednesday by the El Dorado County SWAT team, assisted by Napa County Sheriff's detectives, Napa County Special Investigations Bureau agents and El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies.
Belmont was transported and booked into the El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of attemped homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem and making terrorist threats.
The incident began just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, when Napa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported assault in the 400 block of Woodhaven Court, located in the Berryessa Highlands residential development, police said.
Witnesses reported that a resident on the court and two other neighbors were in communiction with several other people who had reportedly rented a Woodhaven Court residence for two days.
Witness accounts are conflicting. However, Sheriff’s investigators believe that the residents initially contacted the temporary residents concerning excessive noise from the group gathered at the rental.
An argument erupted. It is believed that Belmont and another occupant, Anderson, went outside the rented residence, and approached and confronted the three neighbors, according to Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Leroy Anderson.
Capt. Anderson said the argument then allegedly turned physical. It is alleged that Belmont then armed himself with a pitchfork, and swung it at one of the other neighbors, striking him on the left side of his head -- near the mid-line of his ear -- rendering him unconscious.
Suspect Anderson allegedly struck one of the other neighbors in the head with his fist several times.
Belmont then allegedly chased the other two residents while holding the pitchfork, and threatened to kill them, Capt. Anderson said. These two victims eventually escaped. Belmont went back into the rented residence.
When deputies arrived, they found the victim of the pitchfork attack lying in the street, being given first aid by bystanders. That victim was transported by helicopter to the Queen of the Valley hospital for treatment of a fractured skull. As of Wednesday evening, he was still in ICU, Capt. Anderson said.
Deputies took suspect Anderson into custody under a citizen’s arrest for battery and booked him at the Napa County’s Detention Center.
Deputies searched for Belmont, but he had fled from the house prior to their arrival and was not located despite an extensive search of the area.
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, Napa Sheriff’s detectives conducted an investigation and discovered that Belmont lived at an address located in El Dorado County.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Belmont on Wednesday and traveled to his residence along with NSIB Agents and El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies.
At about 8:30 p.m., Belmont was located inside his residence, but the investigators could not persuade him to exit the home.
The El Dorado County Sheriff's SWAT team responded, and they arrested Belmont after he exited his residence.
If you have information concerning this investigation please contact the Napa Sheriff’s Investigations Bureau at 707 253-4591