Sacto 9-1-1
July 19, 2012
Galt vice principal allegedly attacks man with golf club

principal1.jpgBy David Ruiz

Galt High School vice principal, Robert E. Rappleye Jr., 61, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon last Friday, Angels Camp police officials said this week.

The vice principal's alleged weapon of choice? A golf club.

On July 13, Rappleye, an Elk Grove resident, and others went golfing at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course in Angels Camp. Rappleye became frustrated at the slow pace of a group of golfers playing ahead on the 18th hole, the press release said.

A husband and wife in the group ahead approached Rappleye to talk about the problem. Witnesses say the husband became angry when Rappleye used foul language directed to the husband's wife, according to the release.

The argument turned violent when Rappleye swung one of his golf clubs at the husband, the press release said. The husband tried to block the swing with his left arm, injuring him. Rappleye swung a second time with the husband turning his back to defend himself. Rappleye struck the husband's left shoulder blade, the press release said.

Audrey Kilpatrick, chief business official for Galt Joint Union High School District, said the district has cooperated with the police investigation. She would not say whether Rabbleye is on leave, but she confirmed he is currently considered an employee for the district.

Officer Chris Johnson of Angels Camp Police arrived at the golf course to find two men still arguing. The victim was bleeding when Johnson arrived, the press release said. The victim pointed out Rappleye as the man responsible for his injuries.

Rappleye admitted to the attack, the press release said.

Rappleye was arrested on scene and taken into Calaveras County Jail.

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