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Police: Santa Rosa man jailed after striking man with golf club

A Santa Rosa man was in Sonoma County Jail on Monday on suspicion of striking another man with a golf club and critically injuring him.

Police say Roderick Anthony Bell, 48, and an unidentified 33-year-old man argued Saturday afternoon near Bell’s Howard Street home near the junior college when Bell chased the man with a golf club.

The second man initially ran away, according to a news release from the Santa Rosa Police Department, but as Bell turned toward his home, the other man returned riding a bicycle down the street.

As the man neared him, Bell swung the golf club, striking the victim and causing him to crash into the windshield of a parked car, police said. He was taken to an area hospital and listed in critical condition.

Bell was booked in the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury.

- Christi Warren

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