Probationer Arrested for Attacking a Pregnant Woman with a Paintball Gun
MARIN CITY — A 19-year-old man on probation for a prior assault conviction was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a pregnant woman. The attack was carried out by a semi-automatic paintball gun.
The 18-year-old woman was struck by approximately 30 paintball rounds and sustained multiple injuries. She was transported to a hospital for treatment of injuries to her back, arms, abdomen, and face.
About 20 incidents of reckless discharge of paintball guns have been reported in Marin City since September. Other victims include a 60-year-old woman and a 34-year-old bicyclist.
Marin County Sheriff’s Office deputies detained Tyrell D. Atkinson, 19 of Marin City, a few minutes after the woman was assaulted. He was located two blocks away on the 200 block of Drake Avenue.
Deputies searched Atkinson’s car and located a paintball gun suspected of being used in the attack. He was arrested October 9 at 3:53 p.m., at a public housing project operated by the Marin County Housing Authority.
Authorities are seeking additional suspects in connection with paintball assaults. Atkinson is the first suspect to be arrested. Thus far, he is accused of committing only one of these assaults.
Atkinson remains in custody at Marin County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. He faces five open charges –
Assault likely to cause great bodily injury
Discharge of a BB device in a grossly negligent manner
Discharge of an air rifle within 500 feet of a structure
Driving without a license
Violation of probation
Atkinson was convicted and placed on probation for assault with a deadly weapon, following his arrest in June 2019.
Meanwhile, other paintball assaults in Marin City are still under investigation.
Anyone with information can contact the Marin County Sheriff’s Office at 415-479-2311.