Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Willits Man Accused of Using Machete and Sledge Hammer During Domestic Violence Incident


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 09-23-2022 at 10:30 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call from an adult female stating her husband, Lewis Perll, had choked her and was threatening her with a machete.  Shortly thereafter the phone line disconnected.

Sheriff’s Deputies began responding and dispatch was able to re-contact the adult female and the dispatcher learned Perll was chasing her with the machete and a sledgehammer.  It was later learned that Perll had reportedly smashed a computer with the sledgehammer inside the residence.

While responding Deputies were advised the adult female had been able to escape from the location and Perll had gone back into the residence. 

Sheriff’s Dispatch advised Perll had a felony warrant for his arrest from Santa Clara County and misdemeanor warrant for his arrest from Santa Cruz. Perll was also on formal probation in another county.

Upon contact with the adult female, Deputies noticed injuries consistent with being choked and assaulted.  Deputies learned both parties had been drinking alcoholic beverages at another location and when they got home Perll got angry.  Perll began to strangle the adult female, while telling her he was not going to let go until she stopped breathing.  The adult female fought back and was able to call 9-1-1. 

When Deputies attempted to contact Perll, he attempted to flee out a side window of his residence, but quickly went back inside. Perll advised he had fortified the residence and was not coming out, even after numerous verbal requests were given. 

Deputies requested Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiators to respond to the location. Perll was agitated, intoxicated and at one point grabbed a pellet gun and began to raise it towards the Deputies.

At approximately 1:40 AM Crisis Negotiators were able to get Perll to open the front door and walk outside, where he peacefully surrendered.  Perll was taken into custody without incident on the listed charges. 

Perll was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held on a No-Bail status due to the Santa Clara County arrest warrant. The local charges were to have a $30,000.00 bail and the Santa Cruz warrant was a $500.00 bail.



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