Monday, Mar. 16, 2009
Woman in critical condition after attack at Modesto behavioral health center
Health center roommate held in attempted murder
A woman has life-threatening injuries after being assaulted by her roommate Saturday evening at Doctors Behavioral Health Center, Modesto police said.
Sgt. Brian Findlen, police spokesman, said Sunday that a staff member spotted Gina Downs strangling her roommate at the health center during a routine room check.
A staff member called 911 about 6:50 p.m. to report the assault.
Downs and the victim, Findlen said, were the only people in the room during the assault.
Police said the attack remains under investigation but that it appears to have been unprovoked.
The victim, a 36-year-old Modesto woman, was taken to a local hospital. She remained in critical condition Sunday evening.
Downs, 31, of Oakdale is being held at the Public Safety Center on suspicion of attempted murder. Her bail has been set at $500,000.
Findlen declined to provide other information.
"At this point, we don't think it's prudent to release any more details until detectives have had a chance to further their investigation."
Doctors Behavioral Health Center, at 1501 Claus Road, is a 67-bed inpatient psychiatric treatment center. A woman who answered the phone at the center late Saturday night declined to comment.
Doctors Behavioral Health Center is an affiliate of Doctors Medical Center and is part of Tenet California, according to DMC's Web site.