A Pescadero man is in jail charged with a litany of crimes stemming from his alleged attempt to drown a 9-week-old puppy and its 67-year-old owner after smoking crystal meth, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
At approximately 5:02 p.m. Sunday, the 23-year-old man, Jorge Ruiz-Martinez, allegedly entered the woman’s home by smashing a sliding glass door and tried to force water down the little dog’s throat. The woman was alerted by the dog’s loud squeals. She was able to free the dog but was immediately assaulted by Ruiz-Martinez when he violently pushed her, according to police.
The victim was able to push Ruiz-Martinez out the front door of the home and lock him out. Moments later, Ruiz-Martinez re-entered her home after which he began to strangle her and forcefully pour water down her throat in an attempt to drown her, according to police.
The woman fought off the attack and called 911, according to police.
Ruiz-Martinez fled the scene; however, sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and located him in a field still on the victim’s property. Ruiz-Martinez was found in possession of crystal methamphetamine and was also determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance, according to police.
Ruiz-Martinez was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for possession of a controlled substance, assault with a deadly weapon, first degree burglary, elder abuse, false imprisonment, animal cruelty and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
The woman complained of pain but had no visible injures. The dog also appeared uninjured but the woman told deputies she would take him to a veterinarian.
He remains in custody on $50,000 bail.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Ken Clayton at (650) 363-4050 or via email at email@example.com. Those who wish to remain anonymous may also call the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Witness Line at (800) 547-2700.