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Riverbank woman accused of attacking her landlord, 82, with hammer

RIVERBANK -- Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies Wednesday arrested a woman suspected of attacking her 82-year-old landlord with a hammer, seriously injuring him.

Kathy Bronzini, 47, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, said deputy Royjindar Singh, a sheriff's spokesman.

The victim suffered life-threatening injuries from hammer blows to the head and face, Singh said. He was listed in critical condition at a Modesto hospital late Wednesday.

Sheriff's officials did not release the victim's name.

The attack occurred shortly after 4 p.m. in front of the home in the 3600 block of Dakota Avenue, just east of Terminal Avenue, Singh said. Bronzini had been living at the home as a tenant for about a year, and the victim owns the home.

Singh said neighbors calling 911 reported a woman beating a man with a hammer. Deputies arrived at the home and found the victim lying on the porch and Bronzini standing on the sidewalk in front of the home, Singh said.

It was unknown Wednesday night how many times the victim was struck with the hammer. Singh said deputies recovered the hammer inside the home.

Bronzini did not appear to have suffered any injuries, Singh said.

Detectives were interviewing Bronzini late Wednesday; investigators did not know what led to the attack, Singh said.

The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information about this crime to call Detective Greg Gilstrap at 525-7080.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at rahumada@modbee.com or 578-2394.

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