2017-07-14 / Community

Man pleads not guilty in pickax attack of Moorpark woman

Monroy Monroy A 27-year-old Santa Paula man accused of attacking a Moorpark woman with a pickax in her backyard pleaded not guilty last week to several felony counts and is due back in court next week.

Abel De Jesus Monroy made an initial appearance July 7 at Ventura Superior Court.

He entered not guilty pleas to one count of attempted murder with the special allegations of using a deadly weapon and causing great bodily harm; one count of felony burglary with a special allegation of someone being home at the time; one count of attempted arson; one count of animal cruelty; and one count of assault with a deadly weapon, said Deputy District Attorney Paul Feldman, who is prosecuting the case.

Monroy’s bail is set at $1 million. He was scheduled to return to court July 18 for an early disposition hearing on his case. He was in custody at the main jail in Ventura as of Wednesday.

According to investigators, Monroy had been doing work at the woman’s home in the 14000 block of Peach Hill Road on July 5 when he suddenly became violent, attacking his co-worker with the pickax. The coworker leaped over a backyard fence to escape.

“It appeared like he (Monroy) had a complete disconnect with reality,” Sgt. Mike Mc- Conville with the East Valley major crimes unit told the Acorn last week. “He believed his coworker was the devil and chased after him with a pickax.”

When the homeowner, a 59-year-old woman, went outside to investigate the commotion, Monroy turned on the woman, striking her with the pickax, McConville said. She tried to run but collapsed in the street, he said.

Deputies found the bloodied woman lying in the street around 11:30 a.m. when they answered a 911 call from a neighbor reporting a disturbance.

After arresting Monroy, deputies discovered someone had turned on the home’s stoves. McConville said it appeared Monroy was trying to burn down the house.

McConville said on Monday that the woman Monroy is accused of attacking was recovering from her wounds, which were serious but not life-threatening.

“She’s expected to survive,” he said. “When we talked to her last she had come out of surgery and was doing good.”

Hector Gonzalez

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