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Soda cans used in defense during attack outside Grass Valley business

Jesse Christopher Franke

Attacked with a knife, the shopper relied on what he had for defense — soda cans.

The victim had left a Nevada City Highway grocery store late Sunday when police said Jesse Christopher Franke, 37, grew upset. Franke thought the other man had made derogatory comments about him. Franke pulled a knife and took a few swings, Grass Valley Sgt. Clint Bates said.

What followed was a soda-can defense and an unrelated fight in a different location with a homeless man. When it was over officers had arrested Franke on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor brandishing charge. Booked Monday into the Nevada County Jail, Franke remained jailed that afternoon on $12,000 in bond, authorities said.

The assault began late Sunday in the 12000 block of Nevada City Highway. The victim encountered Franke in a store’s parking lot, Bates said.

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“Franke thought he was talking derogatory about him,” the sergeant added. “He confronted him about it.”

The men talked. Then Franke pulled a knife. The victim backed up, moving side-to-side, as he tried to defend himself from Franke’s attacks with soda cans, Bates said.

No one was injured, he added.

At some point Franke fled the area and officers responded to the scene. Police obtained a physical description of Franke as another set of officers learned about two men fighting near the Brunswick Road overpass. One of those men was Franke, though officers didn’t realize it at the time because he’d changed clothes, Bates said.

Neither man in the fight wanted to press charges against the other, though police arrested the second person on an unrelated warrant. Franke was released, Bates said.

Officers at both scenes — the store’s parking lot and Brunswick overpass — realized Franke’s involvement in the fight after speaking with each other. Police then found Franke, arrested him and recovered the knife, the sergeant said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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