Man arrested on suspicion of felony domestic battery in Fort Bragg
Originally published by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
“On 02-22-2020 at approximately 11:13 a.m., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies observed a vehicle parked along side the roadway and stopped to check on the occupant(s) that were located in the 16000 block of North Highway 1 in Fort Bragg, California.
Upon contact, Deputies identified the sole occupant as being Mathew Spencer. He was seated in the passenger seat, was overly nervous given the nature of the contact and informed Deputies that he was with a female whose whereabouts were not known.
Spencer also alerted Deputies that he was armed with a large knife. Deputies observed a large stick laying on the ground outside the vehicle that was improvised into a weapon.
Deputies conducted a warrants check on Spencer and confirmed he had an active out of county felony arrest warrant for attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and being an accessory to a felony.
Based on the aforementioned circumstances, Deputies initiated an area search for the female.
Deputies deployed Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office K-9 “Takoda”, who successfully tracked and located an adult female nearby.
Upon contact with the adult female, Deputies determined Spencer and her were romantically involved and that she had been physically assaulted by him earlier in the day while driving on Highway 20 between Willits and Fort Bragg.
Deputies observed the adult female had significant injuries to her face. Medical personnel were dispatched to the scene and assessed the adult female’s injuries as being a fractured orbital bone and a fractured nose.
Deputies ultimately arrested Spencer on the out of county arrest warrant and open charges of felony domestic battery and battery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Spencer was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $95,000.00 bail for the warrant and an open charge bail amount of $250,000.00 that was increased by a Mendocino County Superior Court Judge at the request of the investigating Deputy.”