Hammer-wielding suspect clobbered by bat-wielding resident

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A masked man broke into an Oildale, Calif. home early Sunday morning, armed with a hammer and demanding computers and electronics from the family that lived there, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said.

By the time deputies responded to the home the family had already subdued the man.

The incident started at around 2:10 a.m. Sunday when a masked man, later identified as 20-year-old Bobby Joe Smith III, entered a home on Lincoln Ave. brandishing a hammer, police said.

The family told officials that Smith demanded they hand over their computers and electronics or he would start beating people with the hammer.

Police said Smith started to hit a male resident with the hammer and landed several blows before another family member hit him in the head with a baseball bat.

Other family members then held Smith down until deputies arrived at the scene. Deputies arrested Smith for assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and burglary.

He was taken to Kern Medical Center and treated for his minor injuries.

The victim that Smith attacked was treated for bruises and cuts on his back, abdomen and legs he sustained from the hammer attack.