Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Mendocino County Law Enforcement On the Lookout for Man Suspected of Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Anthony Pinola in 2016 [Booking log photo saved by the Anderson Valley Advertiser]

Anthony Pinola, a Mendocino County resident with a rap sheet dating back over a decade, is currently sought by the Sheriff’s Office for assault with a deadly weapon. Last known to be in Gualala, he reportedly fled north on Highway 1 today and authorities consider him armed and dangerous.

An online search for Anthony Pinola provides a sampling of his criminal history. Pinola was 20 years old in 2010 when he was arrested for possessing a concealed weapon, obstructing an officer, and being drunk in public. On September 4, 2011, he was booked on suspicion of drunk driving. Pinola was arrested for being drunk in public in September 2015. In October 2016, he was booked on suspicion of child endangerment.

The specifics of the assault he is suspected of most recently are unknown. If any member of the public has information about the crime or his location, please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at 707-463-4086 or the Tip line at 707-234-2100.

Anthony Pinole from the MCSO booking logs of 1/16/2023

UPDATE 1/16/2023: As per an entry in the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs, Pinola has been arrested and booked in the county jail as of 1:36 p.m. this afternoon for two felonies: “threats to commit crime resulting in bodily injury” and domestic battery.

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  1. I have known this guy on and off for most of a decade. Trying to help him. He does good for long periods of time and tries to help a lot of people. He is harmless. I don’t know why they are making him out to sound like a violent criminal. He is not. Mendocino S.O. Why are you demonizing this guy? What did he do? Assault with a deadly weapon? Like what? He is not to be feared. Drunk in public, DUI, concealed weapon. Which is only illegal because this is California. One of the only states where you can’t legally defend yourself with a weapon unless you are locked inside your home. Those are pretty harmless offenses. To John Q iPublic. Do not fear this man. He would give you the shirt off his back.

  2. 100% of Anthony’s problems are from alcohol. Which he has been battling for many years and he’s given it a serious effort to stop. How about helping him with his problem instead of creating another felon and ruining his life. MCSO way to demonize and try to ruin a good person’s life.

    • I believe you about your friend, but alcohol kills. It kills in cars and it ruins the involved children’s lives. Sounds like he was driving a kid around drunk maybe? I get that he’s got the disease of alcoholism, I understand our legal system doesn’t help people. But as the grown up child of an alcoholic I can tell you the wounds don’t heal. That’s nice of you to help and point out his graces.
      Please people, don’t drink and drive.

  3. It’s funny that you should say these things because as I was reading the article I was thinking to myself, “I wonder if this guy really is a bad guy? “ So I prayed for him. Trust me I know someone who’s life was ruined by this kind of baloney. They are kind and harmless, but thanks to the sheriffs office falsifying a police report (in which I was the supposed victim) this young man got two serious violent charges. I had proof that the officer lied but the court DA’s office, judge, AND Public defender) refused to hear it, they shut their eyes and covered it up. They rolled right over me in the courtroom. It was heartbreaking to watch. Now this young man who needed a little help one night can’t even get a job. And is considered a violent felon and he literally didn’t even lay a hand or a finger on anyone. But God knows. So I’ll pray for your friend. I believe you.

  4. Sir you CAN get on a different path. Don’t worry about those who will judge you. Let him who has NO SIN cast the first stone.

    You have a friend who thinks you are worth saving. He stuck his neck out for you.

    You also have a Father in Heaven who loves you and sent His only Son to die for you and cleanse you and turn you away from your sins. He’s only a prayer away. God bless you.

    ♥️ John 3:16 (KJV, Holy Bible)

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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