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Suspect uses tree limb in downtown Turlock attack

A Turlock man has been jailed and is facing a charge of attempted murder after beating a man severely with a tree limb, the Turlock Police Department reported.

The suspect was identified as Adan Cardona, 41, of Turlock. He is in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of attempted murder and a felony parole violation. He has a bail amount of $500,000.

The incident was reported to the Turlock Police Department by a witness around 1 p.m. Monday. The witness said the attack happened in the area of Third and Market streets.

The witness described seeing one man, later identified as Cardona, using a large tree limb to repeatedly strike another man, who was already on the ground, said Turlock Police spokesperson Sgt. Michael Parmley.

Officers responded to the area and other witnesses were able to provide them with a description of the suspect and where he was last seen. Officers located Cardona nearby and took him into custody.

The victim sustained several serious injuries, including lacerations to the head and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The police department said the victim is suspected to survive the attack.

It's still unknown what prompted the attack and if Cardona and the victim knew each other. The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information about the case can contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at