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 11-05-2022 at approximately 10:31 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to investigate a disturbance.
Deputies contacted a 43-year-old adult female in the 1700 block of Tanya Lane in Ukiah, California.
Deputies learned on 11-05-22 at approximately 10:28 PM the adult female was reportedly physically assaulted by the father of her children, Pedro Cortez-Ayala.
During the altercation Cortez-Ayala pushed the adult female causing her to fall which led to her sustaining injuries which caused her pain. During the altercation Cortez-Ayala also threatened to inflict great bodily injury to the adult female and her family.
The adult female was scared and believed Cortez-Ayala would carry out the threats. Cortez-Ayala later threatened to inflict great bodily injury to the adult female if law enforcement was called. Deputies noticed the adult female had visible injuries to her arm.
While on scene Deputies located Cortez-Ayala and placed him under arrest for 273.5 PC [Felony Domestic Violence Battery], 422 PC [Felony Criminal Threats], and 136.1(C)(1) PC [Prevent/Dissuade a Witness/Victim by Threat or Force].
Cortez-Ayala was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.
A Note from the Editor
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
- Contact WISH Southern Humboldt: Domestic violence shelter and emergency services. 707-223-0043
- 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)546-1