A Petaluma woman was arrested early this morning on suspicion of assaulting her 87-year-old mother and 62-year-old brother in their east Petaluma home Wednesday night. Mary Rasmussen, 56, was apparently intoxicated when she barged into the victims’ home in the 1700 block of Annetta Drive and attacked them with household items at about 9:30 p.m., Lt. Matthew Stapleton said. The victims suffered serious injuries and were treated at Petaluma Valley Hospital and released, Stapleton said. There was no obvious reason for the attack, Stapleton said. Police said Rasmussen also vandalized one victim’s car and property in the home. She fled before officers arrived. The California Highway Patrol found Rasmussen’s abandoned car on U.S. Highway 101 between Petaluma and Cotati at about 10:30 p.m. Stapleton said. Police searched for Rasmussen and conducted surveillance at her home. She was arrested around 12:40 a.m. today when Petaluma police saw her trying to walk back to the victims’ residence, Stapleton said. Rasmussen was agitated and refused to comply with officers’ orders, police said. She was taken into custody after a brief struggle and booked into the Sonoma County jail for assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and resisting/obstructing police. She is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court Friday afternoon.
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