The following is a press release issued by the Willits Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On June 11th, 2023 at about 09:02 am, Willits Police Department Officers were requested to assist the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office in responding to a reported possible domestic violence incident involving Kristoff Suba (44, Willits) at a residence in Brooktrails.
WPD Officers contacted Suba, the victim, and Suba’s parents at the residence. The victim alluded to a history of domestic violence by Suba and stated she was attacked this morning by Suba. The victim told WPD Officers she was able to prevent further attacks from Suba by warding him off with a stun gun. Statements from the victim, witnesses, and evidence on scene supported the victim’s account.
The victim also advised WPD Officers she had found a suspected pipe bomb in Suba’s belongings, which was likely still in his father’s vehicle. Officers obtained consent from the owner of the vehicle and located a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) made of PVC pipe. WPD Officers coordinated with MCSO Deputies, who contacted the Humboldt Sheriff’s Office for assistance. The Humboldt Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded and determined the IED was operational and in working condition.
Based on statements from the parties, and no evidence of the manufacturing of destructive devices at the residence, there is believed to be no danger to the public.
WPD would like to thank MCSO and Humboldt Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad for their valuable assistance in this case.
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
- 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