LOMA LINDA - Saturday night started out as fairly routine for a sheriff's deputy based at the city's station.

Sitting in his patrol car, the deputy waited for the light to change at Redlands Boulevard and Mountain View Avenue so he could respond to a burglary alarm call.

Then the window next to his face shattered.

A man had used a rock to break the window, said Arden Wiltshire, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff's department.

He tried to force his way into the patrol car through the driver's side - all the while swinging a large kitchen knife at the deputy.

The deputy, trying to avoid the knife and struggling to fight off his assailant, fired his weapon at the man, Wiltshire said.

The attacker was not hit and fled.

Still reeling from shock, the deputy followed.

Another deputy - who was off-duty but happened to be nearby and saw the incident - also pursued the attacker.

The two deputies fired three beanbag rounds at the man, who fell to the ground. A scuffle ensued as the attacker continued to fight the officers, who finally managed to restrain him.

The officers found he was armed with three large kitchen knives, including the one he used to attack deputy.

Sheriff's officials identified the suspect as 27-year-old Master Simanungkalit. The deputies' names are being withheld pending an investigation, Wiltshire said.

Neither deputy was injured.

"It's a good thing he was in the right place at the right time," Wiltshire said of the off-duty deputy. "It definitely made a difference that he was able to assist the deputy and capture the suspect.

"It took the two of them to restrain him."

Simanungkalit was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer and booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. His bail was set at $500,000.

Contact writer Selicia Kennedy-Ross at (909) 386-3885 or via e-mail at selicia.kennedy@sbsun.com.


BS Ranch Perspective:

What is the world coming to when a man will attack a Patrol Officer/Deputy while in the comfort of his own office, the patrol unit! It is truly unjust when a man comes into another mans office and attacks you!! It is just Wonderful that no one was seriously injured and  the man was placed in the proper facilities without any further fuss. A Place he obviously wanted to despretly go to. Now the other question comes to mind? Why? Why does this suspect want to go to West Valley Detention Center So Badly, Unless by Attacking the Deputy in Loma Linda he figured that he would be booked into Central Detention Facility and not West Valley Detention Center! That leaves me to believe that there might be a fight or a man that is in trouble of attack that is serving some time in jail. I mean Why else would a man ATTACK a Deputy in his Office/Unit?

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