What started as a happy celebration of a young boy’s birthday degenerated into a sequence of calls to police, an alleged assault and the injury of an infant child. On the evening of Nov. 25, police were called to a verbal altercation at the Best Western motel, but left when it appeared the conflict was under control. At about 9 p.m., however, they were called back by a guest in an adjoining room who was concerned at the level of yelling and screaming and the sound of a baby crying.
When police arrived a woman answered the door, breathing heavily and with bleeding hands. She told police her boyfriend of five years, and the father of her children, had been screaming obscenities at her, that he pushed her to the floor, shoved his hand in her pants, where upon she bit his fingers.
During part of the struggle, the couple’s infant son ended up in the grasp of his father and police found scratch marks on the infant’s chest, allegedly inflicted while he held the child and assaulted the mother.
The 29-year-old father, a resident of Redwood Valley, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, misdemeanor damaging connecting lines when he pulled the telephone cord out of the wall and misdemeanor child endangerment. He was booked into the county jail.
The children’s mother, a resident of Ukiah, asked for and received an emergency protective order against the father.
In other incidents reported to Valley law enforcement:
Saturday, Nov. 2:
8:37 a.m. – Enemy attack? A resident in the 100 block of Melody Lane reported that two vehicles parked in the driveway had been vandalized overnight. Both a 2005 Honda and a 2002 Chevy had been keyed, the interiors were cut up and all body surfaces marred. The victim said she didn’t know who would do something like that, but said her husband has some enemies.
Sunday, Nov. 3:
6:10 p.m. – Seven felonies and a misdemeanor. Sheriff’s deputies caught up with a wanted parolee after he had eluded them following a high-speed chase on Oct. 30. Deputies were originally sent to a residence in the 19200 block of Arnold Drive in response to a domestic disturbance. The victim told deputies that Jason Smith, 43, of El Verano, had punched her in the face and threatened to kill her. Deputies were able to locate and pursue Smith on Arnold Drive, with speeds topping 100 miles an hour, before he crashed his car, bailed out and faded into the darkness.
Smith and the victim had been married for six years and had a record of domestic incidents in 2009 and 2011.
On Nov. 3., deputies went back to the residence to try to locate Smith. When they knocked on the door, a male voice answered, but the man didn’t open the door. Deputies asked if Smith was there and the victim said he wasn’t, but sounded nervous and evasive while talking with deputies, and tried to block their entry.
The deputies were finally able to get inside the home and found Smith in a back bedroom, where he was arrested on felony charges of domestic violence, false imprisonment, making terrorist threats, evading arrest with wanton disregard, cruelty to a child, threatening an executive officer, a parole hold and a misdemeanor charge of damaging a wireless device. He was booked into county jail.