Attempted murder in Mammoth's 'Ghetto'

A 24-year-old Mammoth Lakes resident was booked on charges of attempted murder Tuesday, after a wild, confusing episode in the town’s “Ghetto” neighborhood.

Jonathon Anderson also was charged with felony domestic violence, parole violation, resisting arrest and destroying a cell phone when used to make an emergency call.

Anderson, who was pulled from under the victim’s bed during the arrest, is behing held without bail at the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport.

The incident left a woman victim in Mammoth Hospital with marks on her neck and a swollen lip, said the Mammoth Lakes Police Department in a news release. Police alleged that Anderson had “choked her to the point she couldn’t breathe and struck her in the face.”

It all started at about 1:40 a.m. Monday, when MLPD officers responded to a radio call of people arguing at a residence in the 300 block of Mono Street.  Mono Street is in the middle of Mammoth's central residence neighborhood that locals refer to as "The Ghetto."

The officers met with the female victim and a suspect who identified himself as Donald Anderson. 

The female victim said she and “Donald” had been having a verbal argument only and that it was over.  Donald did not have any identification and the officers determined that Donald Anderson was not wanted.  Officers cleared the scene.

Approximately one hour later, officers responded to a second call of a loud argument at the same address.  When they arrived, they were met by the female victim who now had numerous visible injuries, including marks on her neck and a swollen lip. 

She told the officers that the person who identified himself earlier as “Donald” was actually her boyfriend, Jonathon Anderson, and that after the officers left, the argument continued and he’d choked her to the point she couldn’t breathe and struck her in the face.  The victim added that Jonathon had lied earlier and given his brother’s name. 

While the officers were present, the real Donald came out of the house and identified himself with valid ID.  He was unaware that his brother had used his name. 

Jonathon Anderson fled the scene before the officers arrived.  They searched the area but were unable to locate him.  The victim was offered a place to stay, but she felt safe staying at home with Donald there. 

Officers continued their investigation and learned that Jonathon Anderson had a felony warrant from San Bernardino and was on active parole, and had a parole hold.  They also learned that he was friends with other parolees living in the same neighborhood.

Since the MLPD has limited resources, assistance was sought from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department.  Deputies responded to Mammoth Lakes and an operation was set up to check all the acquaintances’ residences along with the original crime scene. 

At approximately 8:15 a.m., MLPD officers and Mono County Sheriffs deputies returned to the address on Mono to check on the welfare of the victim and see if Jonathon had returned.  The victim reported that Jonathon returned again about 4:30 and again choked her.   She tried to call 911 on her cell phone, but Jonathon took it from her and destroyed it.   Donald and another occupant separated Jonathon from the victim and he left for the third time.  The occupants of the house then all went to sleep.

The house was searched by the officers.  They discovered Jonathon hiding under the bed where the victim was sleeping.  She had no idea he was there and was terrified when told that’s where he was.

Paramedics responded and transported the victim to Mammoth Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.