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He argued with a woman holding a baby. Then he hit them with a U-Haul, authorities say

A man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of ramming a U-Haul truck into a woman, her baby and her boyfriend.

Raft Thompson, 58, faces charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and vandalism. He was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday.

The three victims were treated at an area hospital for minor injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Thompson was changing the locks on a house in the 5900 block of Gillman Way to keep his ex-girlfriend and her niece out of the house, according to a CHP press release.

The niece arrived at the house with her boyfriend and baby to collect some belongings. Thompson let her into the house, but they began to argue shortly after. The argument continued into the driveway, the CHP said, where he got into his rented U-Haul truck, pulled out of the driveway and began to drive away.

He then made a U-turn, heading back to the house, where he saw the boyfriend standing next to a green Toyota in the driveway. Thompson rammed the U-Haul truck into the Toyota at least three times, CHP said.

He then left heading toward Watt Avenue but made another U-turn and drove toward the niece, who was holding her 6-month-old baby in the driveway. He hit her, knocking her and the baby to the ground, according to the release.

Thompson drove into the garage of the house, leaving a 5-foot-tall hole in the wall. He put the truck into reverse and backed into the Toyota at least one more time, CHP said.

He was stopped when two people driving by stopped and pulled him out of the U-Haul, pinning him to the ground until a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy arrived.

CHP took the man into custody and booked him into the Sacramento County Jail.

Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM

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