January 2, 2013 | Back to: Crime

Gold miner arrested for alleged assault of his father


A man mining a gold claim ended up in jail after allegedly assaulting his father and threatening to kill himself and everyone in his family.

Erik Elliott Garmisch, 30, was out at the gold-mining camp off You Bet and Red Dog roads with his 50-year-old father Tuesday when he got angry and started destroying equipment, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

His father tried to calm him down by offering to take him to town and buy him some beers for his birthday, Royal said.

But after they returned to the camp, Garmisch allegedly got angry again, pushed his father to the ground and hit him in the head with a stick, leaving a 2-inch abrasion.

The two men went into a trailer on the property and Garmisch began threatening to kill himself and everybody in his family, Royal said. He then allegedly began loading a 12-gauge shotgun.

His father allegedly offered to go get him some dinner or more beer, to which Garmisch reportedly agreed.

The dad then left on foot and called 911 after hearing a rifle shot, according to dispatch reports.

Deputies responded to the scene, and Garmisch was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, causing grievous bodily injury and criminal threats and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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