The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. This has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 09-17-2023 at about 4:40 AM, Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a reported assault in the 1600 block of South Dora Street, in Ukiah, California.
Upon arrival, Deputies contacted a 33-year-old female who was being treated by Emergency Medical Services personnel for multiple severe injuries sustained during the reported assault.
Through investigation, it was determined the female was assaulted by her boyfriend, identified as Larry Commander.
Commander had already fled the area and Deputies were unable to locate him at that time. Based on statements and evidence, it was learned that Commander had violently attacked the female, telling her he was going to kill her the entire time he assaulted her.
The assault included the use of a handgun, which Commander pointed at the female and later pistol whipped her in the head. The assault caused such a commotion that neighbors called 911 to report the incident. Upon learning of the response, Commander ceased his assault and went into hiding.
Further investigation into the whereabouts of Commander continued until the Ukiah Police Department received a call for service regarding Commander.
It was reported Commander was at a clinic within the city limits of Ukiah and was acting unusual. Ukiah Police Officers and Detectives and MCSO Deputies converged on the area and began searching for Commander.
A Sheriff’s Deputy located Commander walking in the area of the Pear Tree Shopping Center. The Deputy contacted Commander and took him into custody without incident.
Commander was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the listed charges and was to be held in lieu of $250,000.00 bail.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Ukiah Police Department for their swift response and cooperative efforts in apprehending Commander.
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