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Sonoma County Sheriff's Office
Monday September 17th, 2018 :: 11:44 a.m. PDT


Lake County man arrested in assault at Graton Casino

A Lake County man was arrested in a violent assault at the Graton Casino Saturday night. The call came in at about 11:30 PM when deputies responded to the casino for a fight. When deputies arrived the fight had concluded but during the course of the investigation the deputies determined a 44-year-old Lake County man named Morgan Lewis Jr. had been in an argument with several men when their SUV’s door struck his truck. 
During that argument, Lewis’s girlfriend was pushed to the ground and Lewis was punched in the face by the men from the SUV.  Neither Lewis nor his girlfriend requested prosecution for the assault as they were not sure exactly which person had assaulted them.  At the end of the investigation, nobody was arrested and the deputies left the casino parking lot.
Within ten minutes deputies were called back to the casino regarding another altercation. Upon arrival deputies learned that Lewis saw one of the subjects he believed to have been involved in some portion of the earlier fight.  Lewis approached the man and shoved him backwards, causing the man to fall, hitting his head on the concrete sidewalk.  The fall left the man unresponsive and unconscious.  An ambulance crew responded and transported the victim to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The victim, only being described as a 57-year-old Santa Rosa man, remains in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.
Based on the felony assault with life-threatening injuries, Sheriff’s detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded and ultimately arrested and booked Lewis into the Sonoma County Jail for felony Assault causing great bodily injury. He has since been released after posting a $35,000 bail bond.
If anyone witnessed one of these incidents at the Graton Casino Saturday night, they are encouraged to contact Detective Diehm at 707-565-2185.
Press release prepared by Sgt. Brandon Cutting
Case #180916-003
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