Monday, December 5, 2022

Round Valley Man Arrested After Allegedly Brandishing a Firearm at His Girlfriend and Her Friend


The following is a press release issued by 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 09-03-2021 at about 13:52 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a possible brandishing of a firearm incident in the 300 block of Biggar Lane in Covelo, California. 

Deputies arrived and learned a 38 year-old female had been in an argument with her boyfriend, identified as being Reginald Azbill. 

Reportedly, Azbill had struck her in the head with an open hand a couple days prior not causing any injury. At that time the incident was not reported to the Sheriff’s Office. 

On 09-03-2021 in the early morning hours, the girlfriend was showering when she was startled by Azbill standing in her bathroom.  Azbill was holding a handgun and pointed it at her body, while making a threatening statement.  This caused the girlfriend to fear for her safety while Azbill left the location shortly thereafter. 

Deputies attempted to located Azbill with negative results.

Deputies learned Azbill was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Deputies issued a Be-On-The Look Out (BOLO) for Azbill to arrest him for Assault with a Firearm (245(A)(2) PC), Domestic Violence Battery (243(E)(1) PC), Burglary (459 PC) and violation of the terms of his PRCS (3455 PC).  The Deputies further obtained an Emergency Protective Order for the girlfriend’s protection. 

On 09-05-2021 Deputies were dispatched to the Sheriff’s Office Willits Substation regarding another reported brandishing of a firearm incident.

Deputies contacted a 48 year-old male from New Jersey.  Deputies learned the male had came to California to help the girlfriend deal with some recent family events.

The adult male had helped the girlfriend changed the locks on her residence due to the prior event on 09-03-2021 involving Azbill.

On 09-05-2021 the adult male was in the yard feeding dogs when he noticed Azbill.  Azbill immediately pulled a firearm and pulled the slide mechanism backwards as if he was loading the weapon.

The adult male was scared and asked Azbill not to shoot him.  Azbill mumbled something then left without incident. The adult male later received a threatening text message from Azbill.  

Deputies responded to the 300 block of Biggar Lane in Covelo for further investigations.

Upon their arrival, they noticed Azbill standing next to a vehicle.  Deputies used verbal deescalation commands and Azbill was peacefully taken into custody.

Azbill was pat searched and found to be in possession of two loaded semi-automatic 9mm handguns, about 3 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a used glass methamphetamine pipe. 

Deputies were advised one of the firearms had been report to be stolen from Medina County in the State of Texas.

Deputies added the charges of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition (29800(A)(1) PC and 30305(A)(1) PC), Possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm (11370.1(A) HS), criminal  threats (422 PC), and violating the terms of his PRCS terms (3455 PC).

Azbill was transported to the Mendocino County Jail and during the booking process, he was found to have about 4 grams of a controlled substance. The added charge of bringing drugs into the jail was added (3573 PC) to his booking charges.   

Azbill was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a No Bail status due to the violation of his PRCS terms.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. 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 if you know a story that needs to be told.

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