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Ukiah Man Allegedly Stabbed Another to Death Due to ‘Prior Thefts of Property’, Says UPD


The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Leslie Alan Adelman [Mugshot is dated 9/20/2020 and provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

On 03-27-2022 at approximately 10:04 AM, UPD dispatch received a 911 call reporting a male, who was later identified as Leslie A. Adelman, waving a knife around in the Wells Fargo parking lot, located at 717  S. State Street. The dispatcher could hear a verbal dispute occurring in the background and officers were dispatched to the scene. Within minutes, an officer arrived on-scene and saw Adelman holding a knife and walking away from the victim. The officer ordered Adelman to stop walking away, but he did not comply.  While engaging Adelman, the officer saw the victim fall to the ground. The officer requested EMS respond to the scene. Other officers arrived to assist. Adelman continued to refuse to follow lawful orders from the officers and he was taken into custody following a brief struggle. Adelman sustained moderate injuries as a  result of the struggle and was later treated at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley (AHUV).  

EMS arrived and began treating the victim for a severe wound to his abdomen. He was transported to  AHUV, where he succumbed to his injuries. UPD’s Detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Through the investigation it was learned the confrontation between Adelman and the victim was in relation to a dispute over prior thefts of property from Adelman. Adelman was transported and booked at the MCSO Jail for a violation of 187 PC – Murder.  

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact UPD’s Detective Bureau. UPD  would like to thank MCSO for assisting with this incident.  

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  1. So now his stuff will all go away. Stab someone over stuff? But Eyster won’t do much because it is one transient against another, not a fine upstanding tax payer or a dog.

  2. Adelman stalked my girlfriend for over a year. Real stalking, not bogus, trumped-up stuff that the UPD might manufacture from time to time. The UPD did nothing. Adelman regularly stood on State Street, in the street, with his knife out, gesturing at vehicles. The UPD did nothing. The UPD regularly went to Adelmans Wells Fargo location, or other locations he haunted, and the UPD would do nothing. Hours and hours of police manhours over the last few years were expended dealing with Adelman, but the UPD didn’t actually “deal” with him. The UPD did nothing.

    I have “Leslie’s Last Waltz” on video… from a few days before the murder… on State Street, in the street, knife out… gesturing threateningly. I will post that soon. The UPD did nothing.

    The problem is not the derelict issues. Derelicts have existed throughout history. The problem is the UPD and city government, who do nothing. Those responsible for these failures should include Sage Sangiacomo (the MIA City Manager), Chief Next-in-Line Noble Waidelich. Based on my experience, I would say that the corruption pisses down from Sage, onto the head Waidelich… who then contaminate the rest of his do-nothing gang… right down to corrupted patrol officers, who do not necessarily enforce the law.

    The citizens deserve better. The Chief of Police should resign. Immediately. He is in way over his head, and victims deserve better. Perhaps if the city had better, more capable management, there might not have even been a victim here. These failures are COMMAND FAILURES. Someone lost their life… and THE CITY KNEW.

    Everybody knows. Everybody knows. That’s how it goes…


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