A woman accused of trying to kill a housemate at an Inverness marijuana farm was arrested in Guerneville.

Kelsey Lin Winterkorn, 27, was detained after a Sonoma County deputy found her inside her distinctive orange van parked near Highway 116 at Neeley Road, said Marin County sheriff's Lt. Jamie Scardina. Marin authorities came to pick her up.

Winterkorn was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $500,000.

The district attorney's office was reviewing the case Tuesday. The alleged motive has not been released.

The alleged attack occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Monday at 11 Redwood Ave. in Inverness Park. Winterkorn is accused of hitting a housemate in the head with a baseball bat while he was sleeping, taking a second swing that he blocked with his arm, and possibly taking a third swing, the sheriff's department said.

The victim ran to another housemate for help, and they drove off to get him medical attention. Winterkorn allegedly chased them in a hand-painted van -- labeled the "Biohazard Battlecruiser" and decorated with eyes, teeth and other figures -- and rammed their vehicle twice before fleeing.

Sheriff's investigators responded to the site and subsequently discovered a large indoor marijuana growing operation with about 800 plants. The occupants are renters.


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The investigation was continuing Tuesday and no other arrests were reported.

The alleged assault victim has been released from the hospital.

Winterkorn is a commercial photographer. According to biographical information she has published online, she specializes in music and fashion photography and has done work for national magazines such as Rolling Stone and Spin. She said she was born in Honolulu and attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

Contact Gary Klien via email at gklien@marinij.com