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Willits Man in Jail After Domestic Dispute Escalates to Violent Threats, Says WPD

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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:

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Dereck McCain [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On February 12th, 2022 at about 0720 hours, Willits PD (WPD) Officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Elm Ln regarding a reported verbal domestic argument. The female victim advised WPD Dispatch she had been shoved to the ground and her phone taken from her. The suspect, Derrick McCain, was screaming and yelling in the background. McCain was also reported to have been consuming alcohol. 

A WPD Officer arrived and heard the verbal argument continuing inside the residence, with McCain making statements that he would violently assault the victim if she kept him from seeing their children. McCain exited the residence on his own accord at which point the WPD Officer made contact with him. McCain displayed objective signs of alcohol intoxication and was belligerent while he continued yelling at the victim from the front yard. McCain attempted to walk away, at which point he was detained. 

The incident was precipitated due to the victim refusing to allow a heavily intoxicated McCain to take their children to the park. 

During the course of the investigation it was determined McCain had taken the victim’s cell phone from out of her hands as she was actively speaking to the 911  operator (WPD Dispatch) before throwing the phone across the front yard. The victim’s account was corroborated by a witness.  

Two young children were present during the incident and a referral was made to  CPS. 

McCain was ultimately arrested and booked into the county jail for violation of 211  PC (Robbery), 422 PC (Criminal Threats), 591.5 PC (Obstructing/Preventing a 911  Call), 243(e)(1) PC (Domestic Battery), and 273a PC (Child Endangerment). 

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