The following is a statement issued on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 01-17-2021 at about 4:25 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a domestic violence incident in the 27000 block of Oriole Drive in Willits, California.
Upon their arrival, Deputies contacted a 48 year-old male and Shaniquea Bent-Middleton. Deputies learned the couple was married and had children together.
Deputies learned the couple had been in a verbal argument when Bent-Middleton slapped the adult male in the face. Bent-Middleton then picked up a wooden stool and attempted to hit the adult male.
The adult male put up his arm up to protect himself and was struck in the forearm causing visible swelling and injuries to his arm.
Deputies arrested Bent-Middleton for domestic violence battery (273.5 PC) without incident.
Bent-Middleton was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.