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* Lewis Pestoni and Michael Martin Arrested After Woman Says They Allegedly Held Her at Knifepoint in Prunedale

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Two men were arrested after a family dispute Sunday in which a woman told Monterey County sheriff’s deputies that she was restrained and held at gunpoint. A woman who lives in the 2100 block of San Miguel Canyon Road near Prunedale told deputies that one of the suspects, 71-year-old Lewis Pestoni, had grabbed her arms and yelled at her about a stolen item, sheriff’s officials said.

Investigators said that as Pestoni held the victim, Michael Martin, 69, allegedly began waving a knife at her while saying was going to kill her, according to the victim’s account. The victim said she was unable to move away and feared for her life, according to the sheriff’s office. She also said she had not stolen anything from Martin or Pestoni. Both men were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, making criminal threats and conspiracy.  The victim suffered bruises to her arms and scratches to the side of her neck, sheriff’s officials said.

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