By Michael P. Neufeld
Twin Peaks, CA – Attempted murder suspect Matthew Robert Grell, 34, is in custody.
Booking documents reviewed by ROTWNEWS show Grell was taken into custody at 11:05 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26, and booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga at 10:08 p.m. where he is being held on $1 million bail.
An in custody arraignment was held before Judge Kenneth Barr on Friday, December 28, at 8:44 a.m. Grell entered a plea of not guilty to all counts and denied all priors, according to court minutes. Judge Barr denied Grell’s request to be released on his own recognizance. The judge appointed the Public Defender to represent Grell.
At 11:43 a.m. on Friday, December 21, deputies responded to an alleged attempted murder call in the 26000 block of Highway 189 in Twin Peaks after a female caller told dispatchers Grell had tried to kill her.
The suspect was gone upon arrival, but deputies interviewed the unidentified woman — who was reportedly Grell’s former girlfriend — and were provided details of the alleged incident.
The woman explained Grell –who she discovered in her front room when she returned to the residence — choked her until she was unconscious, bound her wrists and feet with orange nylon rope and when she recovered a bit choked her again until she passed out, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
When Grell left the scene of the incident, deputies report, he departed with the woman’s cell phone. Hours later, Grell returned to the Twin Peaks address and drove off with the woman’s 2002 Toyota SUV.
A media summary provided by the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Department indicates deputies were told by the reporting party that Grell would have had to drive the silver SUV through the woods to get it out of the area without drawing attention to himself.
After a call from Grell alerted officials that he had rolled the vehicle near Silverwood Lake, deputies located the Toyota SUV on the Cleghorn Ridge Trail, a roughly graded road also known as Forest Service Road 2N47.
Grell is facing at least three felony counts — attempted murder, inflicting corporal injuries on spouse/cohabitant and grand theft auto.
Earlier this year, Grell was found guilty of spousal abuse related to an incident on April 17. He was on probation for that offense. In addition, court documents show he was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon not a firearm stemming from an incident on September 4, 2001. Four years later, Grell was convicted of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant related to an incident on November 29, 2005.
Judge Barr scheduled Grell’s next court appearance — a pre-preliminary hearing — for Tuesday, January 8, in Department S-22. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for January 10 at 8:30 a.m.
Grell, was ordered to appear on the scheduled hearing dates.