Joshua Tree man arrested for beating another man with an ashtray

Police arrested a Joshua Tree man on Sunday after they say he beat a man unconscious with his fists and a clay ashtray.

Bruce Peterson, 45, was arrested at his home on La Mirada Trail after police received reports of the beating, reports the Press Enterprise.

Peterson struck the victim in the face several times, grabbed him by the neck, and took him to the ground, police say. Once on the ground, Peterson grabbed a clay ashtray and struck the victim’s head – which caused the man to lose consciousness.

Peterson was booked into jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.