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Knife, pruning shears and a hammer all wielded in dispute

A man is facing charges of aggravated assault after trying to stab a man twice, but both times he was rebuffed by the victim’s brother, who was armed with a pair of pruning shears.

The suspect was identified by the Turlock Police Department as Rodolfo Ramos, 28. He was arrested Wednesday and booked into Stanislaus County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault.

The trouble began when Ramos went to the victim’s home and started an argument, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

The argument morphed into a full-fledged fight between Ramos and the victim. Ramos grabbed a knife and attempted to stab the victim, but the victim’s brother picked up a pair of pruning shears and used them to ward off Ramos’ attack.

Ramos was not entirely thwarted though and lunged after the victim again with the knife in his hand. Once again, the brother intervened with the pruning shears and gave Ramos a hit on the head.

At this point, Ramos dropped the knife and left the home. The victim contacted the police department to report the incident.

The encounter was not over for Ramos, who went back to his home and selected a hammer, which he had in hand as he was headed back to the victim’s home, but was stopped by the police in the 500 block of E. F Street around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Ramos was detained without incident and booked into jail.