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Date and Time of Release: 10 March 08
Date and Time of Incident: 9 March 08 at 1:56 am
Subject: Assault Weapons Arrest/Domestic Violence Arrest


9 March 08, at approx. 1:56 am, an officer from Sonora Police Department was flagged down by Lee Dexter Kawelmacher, 33 of Sonora, who was holding a suitcase. Kawelmacher told the officer that he and his girlfriend hand been involved in a fight and he wanted the officer to check on his girlfriend as he had struck her during the fight. Kawelmacher also admitted to punching out a window at the residence and hit other items with his fists.

Officers contact Kawelmacher’s girlfriend at her residence. She admitted that she and Kawelmacher were involved in a verbal dispute and that during the dispute Kawelmacher had slapped her in the face. She related that Kawelmacher punched a window out as he was leaving and had also punched a heater. As Kawelmacher was leaving the residence, he grabbed his suitcase and took it with him.

Kawelmacher was placed under arrest and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail for booking. During a booking search of Kawelmacher’s suitcase a Cobray 9mm assault weapon (pistol) was located.

Kawelmacher was booked for;

  • Possession of an Assault weapon
  • Being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon
  • Domestic Violence

For more information contact Lt. Stinson at the Sonora Police Department, phone (209) 532-8141.