VISALIA – A man who allegedly assaulted two women and then stole a computer earlier this week was arrested on Thursday.
The Visalia Police Department arrested 36-year-old Sakuma Lockard on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery. He was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.
Lockard is accused of going into a business in the 1400 block of South Mooney Boulevard on Monday and physically assaulting two women. He attacked the first woman, an employee at the business, by hitting her with his fists and kicking her numerous times, police said. She suffered significant injuries to her face and body.
A second woman attempted to help her friend during the assault, Lockard also hit her several times, authorities said.
Both victims were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. The first victim is still hospitalized, but is listed in stable condition. The second victim was treated and released, authorities said.
After assaulting the women, Lockard grabbed a laptop computer and left the business, police said.
The police department responded to calls at the business around 9 p.m. and the violent crimes unit was able to identify Lockard as the suspect. On Thursday, officers found Lockard and, after a short foot pursuit in the area of Murray Avenue and Encina Street, they were able to take him into custody around 9:30 a.m.
Police also recovered the stolen laptop.
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