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 04-20-2022 at 10:39 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a possible domestic violence incident, which had occurred on Tabor Lane in Covelo, California.
Deputies were advised the involved adult female was at a location on Highway 162. Deputies contacted the adult female and later contacted the involved adult male, Lee Joaquin, on Tabor Lane.
During the investigation Deputies learned the adult female and Joaquin had been in a long term romantic relationship but had recently separated. During a child exchange, Joaquin got upset and began hitting the adult female numerous times with his hands and also kicked her in the ribs causing visible injuries.
Joaquin was found to be on formal probation with a term to obey all laws and Deputies observed an injury to his right knuckle.
Joaquin was arrested for domestic violence battery (273.5 PC) and violation of probation (1203.2 PC).
Joaquin was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a No Bail status due to the probation violation.
The alleged actions described in this press release describe domestic abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetimes.
The following are domestic violence resources available in Mendocino County and surrounding areas:
- Mendocino County
- Contact a crisis counselor at Project Sanctuary by calling (707)463-4357.
- Humboldt County
- Call Humboldt Domestic Violence Services at (707)443-6042 or at 1-866-668-6543
- Trinity County
- Contact the Human Response Network at (530)623-2024
- Lake County
- Contact the Lake Family Resource Center community crisis line at 1(888)485-7733.
- Sonoma County
- Contact the YWCA Domestic Violence Hotline at (707)546-1234