Thursday, March 30, 2023

Domestic Violence Suspect Allegedly Harbored by Two Women Before Being Discovered by Deputies, Says MCSO


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 01-15-2022 at approximately 7:32 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to investigate a domestic violence incident.

Deputies contacted a 21 year-old female in the 7000 block of North State Street in Redwood Valley, California. 

Deputies learned the adult female and Nathan Feliz have a child in common. The pair were at the listed location to conduct a child exchange.

During the exchange, Nathan Feliz reportedly struck the female several times in the face.  Feliz then pulled the females leg trying to pull her out of her vehicle. 

Nathan Feliz then left the location in his vehicle with their small child.

Deputies checked the immediate area and were unable to locate Nathan Feliz.  Deputies later learned of a possible address where Nathan Feliz was located in the 1200 block of Brown Court in Willits, California.

Deputies responded to the above residence and located a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle Nathan Feliz fled in.  Deputies knocked on the door and attempted to make contact with the occupants of the residence.

Deputies made contact with Vanessa Sanchez and Kiahna Feliz who would not allow Deputies to enter and search the residence without a search warrant. 

Both Sanchez and Kiahna Feliz were advised that Nathan Feliz was wanted for a felony crime (Domestic Violence incident from earlier in the day) and they could be arrested for harboring if they were concealing his whereabouts.

At this time Deputies could hear a young child crying within the residence.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence in an attempt to locate Nathan Feliz. 

Deputies entered the residence and detained Sanchez and Kiahna Feliz and located Nathan Feliz’s child (same from custody exchange) sleeping in the living room. 

Deputies searched the residence and were unable to immediately locate Nathan Feliz.  Deputies then noticed an attic crawl space that appeared to be recently opened. Deputies checked the attic and did not locate Nathan Feliz.

However, Deputies observed the attic access connected to the neighboring apartment.

Deputies made contact with the neighbor who allowed them to enter their residence.  Once inside the neighbor’s residence, Deputies located Nathan Feliz hiding inside a bedroom. 

This neighbor did not give Nathan Feliz permission to enter their residence and he had done so through the attic access in an attempt to elude arrest.

Feliz was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.

Sanchez and Kiahna Feliz were also booked into the Mendocino County Jail where they were each to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.



  1. Eyelashes his or her’s. Next time try sneaking out a window so you can run around. Don’t barricade. Trespassing through the Attic nice, will he get socked back in the face for hitting his ex?

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