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23-Year-Old Willits Man Accused of Attempted Murder and Rape of 61-Year-Old Woman Behind Grocery Outlet


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:

Jose Perez [Mugshot provied by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

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.


  1. What a disgusting piece of human garbage, and that’s putting it mildly. Get ready for the time of your life in prison, pendejo!!

    • Yep. Someone wrote a response concerning another assault elsewhere, the attack being in a local park. He stated citizens should avoid parks and trail. And keep children close at hand. Good advice were we residing deep inside a jungle. Whose parks and trails are these? OURS, the law-abiding people own these. Why should we be prisoners in our communities? Yet here we have another parolee. How many more are being turned out by the county legal system? Obviously the DA is responsible. And the parole board is broken. Enough!

  2. What a lame.. Hopefully he gets sentenced to a long prison term & when his roommates find out his crime they will take good care of him. Oh & Sean you’re whack too, for your dumb comment… get out of here with your s***

  3. well i have seen everybody jump on the band wagon, to help this sicko latino, but not one word of kindness or sympathy for the 61 yr old victim, what kind of world do you live in, grow more have less responsibility . is the wave of the future!

    • Amen hog. Was waitin’ fer someone to make that point. That woman’s fightin fer her life somewhere. Lord take care of her.

    • Yes, you are correct. I hope for her full physical recovery. Imagine the mental trauma she will forever experience. How does one heal that? Time does not heal all wounds.

    • Can you provide the comments that help the offender? It’s sad that u have to say ” sicko latino” Vs just saying offender. Having to point out his race . Who gives a $hit if he’s Latin, Native American, Black. If he was white Iam sure you wouldn’t say “white sicko though right ? Your pathetic.

      • Funny he doesnt look Danish, Hey lady its time to call it like it is, stop stickin up for this gutter trash, what gave him the right to rape an older woman or any woman for that matter. May this rapist rot in hell.

      • We should point out his race, everything about him, so people can see what is happening here, dont ever hide the perp,s race. everybody has the right an the need to know. we are all victims to him. So get off your high liberal horse an join the victims. You aint special!

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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