Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 2021.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.
• Deputies were contacted regarding a missing adult call. After a short time the parties were reunited.
• Deputies were summoned to Avalon Canyon Road near the golf course.
The caller stated that there was a male waving a machete in the air.
Deputies were unable to locate the male or machete.
• Deputies took a report of a tire being slashed on a vehicle in the 400 block of Avalon Canyon Road. A vandalism report was taken and the investigation is continuing.
• Deputies and Fire personnel responded to the 300 block of Trianna Avenue regarding an unconscious male. The 85-year-old man was pronounced deceased of natural causes.
• Deputies responded to “The Mole” regarding reports of a woman in the water.
An investigation into the incident revealed that she was intentionally thrown into the water by her male companion following a verbal dispute. Giovanni Valdez, 25, of Cotati, California, was arrested on suspicion of corporal injury.
• Deputies responded to the 300 block of Sumner Street regarding a person acting suspiciously and contacted a male individual.
The male was exhibiting signs of experiencing a mental health crisis and deputies placed him on a 72-hour observation hold.
The male will be under psychological evaluation and treatment during this time period.
• Deputies responded to the 100 block of Marilla Avenue regarding a spousal assault and vandalism call.
The investigation reviled that a male suspect seriously assaulted a woman during a struggle. The suspect had also kicked in and damaged an entry door. Malcom Nelson, 44, of Inglewood, was arrested on suspicion of felony corporal injury and felony vandalism.
• Deputies and Fire Personnel responded to the 100 block of Sumner Street regarding a fire alarm.
No fire was located and it was determined that the fire alarm was activated by the maintenance crew doing repairs.
• No incidents to report. Deputies conducted high visibility crime prevention patrols.
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• Don’t give in to pressure to take immediate action.
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