Mendocino Sheriff issues press release on domestic violence call
Originally published 3-31-20
by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
“On March 30th, at approximately 5:00 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were summoned to the Emergency Room at Howard memorial Hospital for a reported fall victim that appeared suspicious in nature. Upon arrival, the deputies located the victim, an adult female, age 49 of Willits, who was being treated for major head injuries which left her unconscious and unable to communicate. The deputies knew the female from numerous prior calls for service, which included calls for domestic violence involving the same victim. After learning the victim had severe head injuries that were more consistent with a violence act and not a fall, the deputies responded to the victim’s residence to contact her husband.
The deputies contacted the suspect, Tavion Johnson, 21 year old male of Willits, California, at his residence in the 2600 block of Goose Road. After completing their investigation, which included interviewing Johnson, and inspecting the crime scene, Deputies determined that there had been a violent encounter between Johnson and the victim, who is Johnson’s wife. Johnson was ultimately arrested for felony domestic violence, violation of a domestic violence criminal protective order, violation of probation (Of which Johnson was on probation for previous domestic violence arrests) and for causing great bodily injury to the victim during the commission of an act of domestic violence. Johnson was transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he is being held without bail.
The victim in this case was transported to an out of county hospital for a higher level of treatment due to the injuries she received during the violent encounter with her husband.”