Aug 29, 2014
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The suspect in a bat attack on a woman in Richmond on Aug. 16 is a Walnut Creek police officer, police said.

Officer Gregory Thompson, 53, a Martinez resident, is accused of striking a woman with the bat while wearing a mask in the 4000 block of Clinton Avenue about 2 a.m., Richmond police Capt. Bisa French said Friday.

The woman reportedly told officers she had run out of gas and was walking to get help when she was randomly attacked by the masked man, French said. The victim said she did not know Thompson.

Richmond police officers responded after several 911 calls were made about a screaming woman. A witness at the scene pointed out the vehicle Thompson was in, saying that was the direction in which the suspect fled. The vehicle contained a bat, mask, two guns, and wrist restraints, all of which a cop might have on the job, French said.

While officers were talking to the Thompson, whose family apparently owns a home in the Richmond neighborhood that is for sale, the victim emerged from hiding in the bushes and told her story, French said.

She was later treated at a hospital for injuries she suffered during the assault and is expected to fully recovery, French said.

Police investigators are also searching for a possible second victim who may have been injured while attempting to intervene in the alleged attack.

Thompson, who was not in his police uniform at the time of his arrest, is out of custody after posting bail but on paid administrative leave, the Contra Costa Times reported. Prosecutors are expected to make a charging decision next week.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.