Mendocino County deputies arrest man on suspicion of elder abuse
Originally published 4-28-20
by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
“On 04-27-2020 at about 8:30 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a welfare check on a 73 year-old female in the 26000 block of Oriole Drive in Willits, California.
When Deputies arrived they contacted Jeffery Gabel who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
Deputies initially learned Gabel and the 73 year-old female were having problems and investigated the situation further.
Deputies subsequently determined Gabel was acting belligerent earlier in the day causing the 73 year-old female to leave her home.
When she returned, Gabel again began being belligerent and pushed her. During the assault, Gabel struck the 73 year-old female with his elbow causing her to complain of pain in her back.
Due to the 73 year-old female’s age, Gabel was arrested for elder abuse resulting in bodily harm [368(B)(1) PC] and was transported to the Mendocino County Jail.
In accordance with the COVID-19 emergency order issued by the State of California Judicial Council, Gabel’s bail was set at zero dollars and he was released after the jail booking process.”