The following is a press release issued by the Willits Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On Sunday night, October 10th, Willits Police Department (WPD) officers responded to a call of a “man down, unresponsive with blood everywhere” at the Evergreen Shopping Center, 1718 S. Main St., behind the Grocery Outlet. Upon officers arrival, they discovered the victim was actually a woman, 61 years of age, bleeding and unconscious. Medical assistance was procured and the victim was transported to Howard Memorial Hospital, and subsequently airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center due to the extent of her injuries. Because of the nature of the investigation, the victim’s name is being withheld.
The officer’s investigation revealed the woman had been severely beaten as well as sexually assaulted. Through numerous follow-ups of investigative leads, officers were able to positively identify the suspect as Jose Perez, 23 years old, from Willits.
On October 14th at approximately 3:30 pm, WPD officers, with the assistance of Mendocino County D.A. Investigators, Mendocino County Probation Department, and the UC Davis Police Department, a warrant was successfully served at Perez’s residence in Willits, where he was taken into custody without incident.
Perez was eventually transported to County Jail and booked for:
Attempt Murder (Penal Code 664/187)
Attempt Rape (Penal Code 664/261)
Kidnapping with bodily injury (Penal Code 209)
Violation of Probation (Penal Code 1203.2)
His bail was set at $500,000.
Anyone having any further information on this case is urged to contact the Willits Police Department at (707) 459-6122, Sergeant Ray Brady or Officer Cody Pearson.