Couple report attack at Rose Garden Inn

On Sept. 25, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to the Rose Garden Inn regarding an alleged victim of a battery who related that he was in his room at the hotel with his girlfriend and her young children.

He said an unknown female knocked on the door and asked for a female subject who was not in the room. The alleged victim said that when he opened the door, a male adult struck him in the head several times with a firearm and subsequently attacked him.

During the struggle, the suspects reportedly kept demanding the return of drugs. The victim said he was able to get free from the suspects and run from the scene.

An investigation was led by Ridgecrest Police Department Detective Ryan Sloan revealed two suspects at the hotel, identified as Kenneth Dixon, 38, and Kelli Dean, 30.

The investigation revealed that Dean and Dixon had been solicited by Tammy Anderson to recover drugs and other property she believed were stolen from her by an unrelated party. This unrelated party was believed to be staying at the Rose Garden Inn. When Dixon and Dean allegedly entered the victim’s room and attacked him, they had inadvertently attacked an uninvolved person. The victim and other occupants of the hotel room appear to have had no connection to the alleged theft.

On Sept. 26, Kenneth Dixon was arrested at a residence in the 400 block of West Wilson Avenue. On the same day, Tammy Anderson was arrested at her residence in the 500 block of East Cottonwood Avenue. The firearm believed to have been used in the robbery was also located at the scene.

Kelli Dean was arrested on Sept. 28, in the Kern County Probation Department on East Coso Avenue. All suspects were booked into the Kern County Jail.

Story First Published: 2012-10-24