Tuesday, November 28, 2023



This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On July 11th, 2020, at about 11:35 pm, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported domestic assault in the 100 block of Lover’s Lane in Ukiah, CA.  Upon arrival, deputies were flagged down by concerned citizens who directed them to the 28 year old adult female victim who reported being physically and sexually assaulted by her live-in boyfriend.  Evidence of the physical abuse was readily apparent and consistent with the victim’s initial statement.  During the initial contact it was learned a seven year old female child remained in the apartment where the victim and suspect resided. 

Deputies were able to make contact with the 7 year old child and escorted her out of the residence.  There was evidence observed which was also consistent with the 7 year old child being physically abused.  Both the 28 year old female and the 7 year old child were subsequently transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center for treatment and care. 

Suspect Antonio Becerra Jr, 32 years old from Ukiah, CA, was located inside the residence and taken into custody without incident.  The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau was contacted and responded to continue the investigation.  Mendocino County Child Protective Services responded to assist with care and custody of the 7 year old child. 

Following multiple interviews and search warrant service, Antonio Becerra Jr was arrested for the following felony charges:  245 (a)(1) PC – Assault with a Deadly Weapon; 273.5 (a) PC – Inflicting Corporal Injury on a Spouse or Cohabitant; 289 (a)(1) PC – Sexual Penetration with a Foreign Object with Force or Fear; 273d (a) PC – Inflicting Corporal Injury upon a Child; 1203.2 PC – Violation of Probation.

The investigation continued following Becerra’s arrest and based on the information discovered the case was forwarded to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for review and inclusion of additional charges. 

Becerra remains in the Mendocino County Jail and is currently being held in lieu of $450,000 bail.

Due to the violent nature of this assault and information leading investigators to believe this was a prolonged assault lasting for several hours, Mendocino County Detectives are asking any residents of apartment complexes located in the the 100 block of Lover’s Lane who may have information contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100 or the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline at 800-782-7463. 

Image of Antonio Becerra Junior from the Mendocino County Sheriff Booking Logs

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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