Bridgeport man arrested for attempted murder

– Mono County Sheriff Department press release:

On the evening of Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at approximately 7:40pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) hotline reporting a male parked outside the Bridgeport CHP Office that needed paramedics for an unknown medical issue.

Travis Christian

Travis Christian

Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Mono County Paramedics, and the Bridgeport Fire Department, responded to the 74800 Block of Highway 395 in Bridgeport in front of the CHP Office. Deputies, and other responders, located the male victim, John Peabody, age 66, of Plymouth, CA, in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, covered in blood, with multiple stab wounds to his head, face, and arms.

Upon initial investigation, it was determined that there was some type of altercation between Mr. Peabody and Mr. Travis Christian, age 27, of Bridgeport, CA, who was working as the night manager at the Big Meadow Lodge, in Bridgeport. During the altercation, it is believed that Mr. Christian began beating and stabbing Mr. Peabody in the head and face.

A guest staying at the lodge heard the altercation, and Mr. Peabody yelling for help, and assisted Mr. Peabody, allowing him to drive to the CHP Office to get help. Mr. Christian was subsequently located by Sheriff’s Deputies and placed under arrest without incident.

Mr. Peabody was taken via Care Flight to Renown Medical Center in Reno where he is currently in ICU being treated for his injuries. Mr. Christian is currently in custody at the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport pending charges of attempted murder. This case is currently under investigation with the Mono County Sheriff’s Office and Mono County District Attorney’s Office.



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28 Responses to Bridgeport man arrested for attempted murder

  1. sugar magnolia November 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    wow, I guess my biggest question is, really? the person who assisted Mr. Peabody couldn’t drive the car for him?

    But still, I’m glad they were there to help Mr. Peabody get away from Mr. Christian, sounds like a very close call.

  2. Dingo November 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    BK, Is it Big Mountain Lodge or Big Meadow Lodge?
    Hard to believe anyone gave that guy a job looking the way he does, much less a hospitality job. If I saw a guy like that at a lodge I was staying at and assuming he had a key to my room I would make sure my gun was at the ready. If that’s profiling I don’t care.

    • Benett Kessler November 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      MCSO confirmed – yes, it is Big Meadow Lodge. Thanks for that.

    • Big Rick OBrien November 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

      I’m with you, Dingo…screw political correctness.

      • Desert Tortoise November 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

        I love how the big talkers immediately go for the gun. It would be so much easier to simply stay somewhere else, but there is no gun play or braggadocio that way.

        • Dingo November 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

          Nobody should ever “play” with guns, they are not toys.

  3. Corneliamarie52 November 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    This is his booking photo. Travis is the owners son and yes, he looks a bit scruffy but there are circumstances that are not mentioned in this article, including his health issues. He normally is clean shaved but as it gets -40 here in Bridgeport he grows his hair and beard out In the winter. He has worked there for several years and is a devout Born Again Christian. Do not judge a book by its cover. He is a caring, kind person that has taken in stranded travelers at little to no charge. What the article fails to mention is the details of the “altercation”. It does take at least two for a fight. Both men are victims and prayers should be offered to both Mr. Christian and Mr. Peabody.

    • Desert Tortoise November 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

      Thank you for offering a counter argument to the mean hearted (from the anonymity of the internet) conclusion jumpers. I too am interested to hear what led up to this fight.

      • Dingo November 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

        Yes, let’s see what happens.
        When it comes to the safety of my family I’m not going to take any chances. I can’t, can you?
        I’ve seen good people do horribly out of character things before, quite often drugs were involved.

    • meekersbaker November 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

      Thank you for your post, my brother is a Godly man and also has the biggest heart. The WHOLE TRUTH has not been given and he appreciates your words.

  4. C.L. Campbell November 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Mr. Peabody is a well-respected, well loved husband, father and grandfather who was attacked by an armed man. He is a gentle person, a man of faith, who would do what he could to avoid any physical confrontation. It was not an ‘altercation’. It was an attempt to kill an innocent man.

    • Benett Kessler November 20, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

      In criminal stories posted, the total facts are not usually revealed or even known. We will not be publishing comments that attack or defend suspects. Let the legal system unfold the case.
      Benett Kessler

  5. Trouble November 21, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    I like where this subject is going. If not for the free press here and blog, we would only be getting the police point of view here. I like how people are allowed speak their minds.

    • Benett Kessler November 21, 2013 at 9:05 am #

      That is, if you have facts.

      • JeremiahJoseph November 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

        Yes facts are critical, in incidents like this, I think to myself, “it sure is nice having a law enforcement to take care of these reality’s” But then again, coming from a radical point of view how can continue to look the other way to the statistical FACTS or proof that the criminal justice system’s war on crime, is just a war on the poor and economically irrelevant, and that the laws are to control the poor not regulate the rich! who needs proof of this?
        Go ahead and shower me with your thumbs down, if that is all you can bring to the table!

        • Mark November 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

          The court system has nothing to do with innocent or guilty. Not when a good (expensive) lawyer can get you off and the public defender pleads you out or just sends you up the river.

          You want to do your best to not get involved with them.

          • JeremiahJoseph November 22, 2013 at 8:31 am #

            Point taken.
            Yeah, it’s all about the money…

          • Wayne Deja November 22, 2013 at 10:12 am #

            Mark….So true……and you can add the “fame” factor to it also….the movie stars and rap singers that seem to buy their way out of a conviction…..and look at George Zimmerman…..killed an unarmed teen-ager….and found “not guilty”…..with the help of a sleazy defense lawyer and a goofy Florida jury….only to continue with criminal behavior, pulling a gun on the women in his life,then beating them up,thinking he’s above the law….and now,apparently ready to release a “sex tape” to help pay his bills and afford his groceries since his donation web-site has slowed down to a trickle.

          • Wayne Deja November 23, 2013 at 9:44 am #

            ..OOPS !!!….I think I mis-spoke about Zimmerman getting ready to release and sell a sex-tape to make some $$$….turns out he ALREADY “released” it….for free….allegedly…to one of his girlfriends under-age cousins…..

        • Dingo November 22, 2013 at 10:47 am #

          criminal justice system’s war on crime? Uhhhh…wow….like Pluto JJ…that’s out there.
          Even if Mr. Christian is cleared of this charge, that statement is WACKED.

          • JeremiahJoseph November 25, 2013 at 10:59 am #

            Oh? excuse me Dingo, let me rephrase it a bit then.
            Yes I can appreciate having access to Law Enforcement in times when people act in ways that are immediately harmful to others, but that doesn’t mean I need to bow my head to the obvious policy’s or procedures that hold no real “Service” to the people. To me I see a lot of what law enforcement does is a perpetuated by self-preservation, and the war on drugs is really a war on the poor and economically irrelevant… Our country highest incarceration rate! (were # 1!), since the war on drugs started, incarceration has risen 800%, Now look around You! Is it doing any good or making things better to see this approach that has wasted in the TRILLIONS… Whats it cost like 47,000 thousands dollars a year to house one single prisoner?? I mean that is more then I make a year for a family of 4 (and around here 45K a year is a good job), Yes, that makes me mad! But Oh well, We already established how WACKED I am…

            Who’s going to kick off the revolution already?

  6. Desert Tortoise November 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    J-Js comment is not so far off the mark. Here is what Adam Smith, one of the founding intellects of modern market capitalism, wrote on the subject over 200 years ago.

    “Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.”

  7. John November 23, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    It’s all about money. How much justice can you afford?

    • Desert Tortoise November 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      More from Adam Smith:

      “Justice, however, never was in reality administered gratis in any country. Lawyers and attornies, at least, must always be paid by the parties; and, if they were not, they would perform their duty still worse than they actually perform it.”

  8. kelly November 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    I wanted to chime in here, I was working…

    As we stated earlier. Let justice take its course. No more comments on this.
    Benett Kessler

  9. Bob Loblaw November 25, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Thanks for that JeremiahJoseph. I hadn’t realized how much arresting a man for stabbing someone repeatedly in the face was just “The Man” keeping people down.

    • JeremiahJoseph November 25, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      You welcome Bob, anytime the Law beats it’s chest about justifying its presence, I like to point out where it’s presence does no good except justifying the next years budget…

  10. JeremiahJoseph November 25, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Sorry folks, I don’t mean to bash the beloved Law Enforcement agencies, But this is the type of stuff I watch
    …and agree with..


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