Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 273.5 PC- inflicting corporal injury to spouse or cohabitant, 422- criminal threats, 236 PC- false imprisonment
Report Number:
2013-34455    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
273.5 PC- inflicting corporal injury to spouse or cohabitant, 422- criminal threats, 236 PC- false imprisonment
Location:
46000 block of Fish Rock Road, Gualala, CA
When: Date: 10-19-13 Time: 10:26 PM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: adult female 44 Gualala, CA
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Michael J. Sahl 51 Gualala, CA
         
Written by: Sergeant Mike Davis
Synopsis: On 10-19-13 at approximately 10:26 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 46000 block of Fish Rock Road in Gualala. A witness had reported seeing fifty-one year-old Michael J. Sahl, grab his forty-four year-old cohabitant girlfriend by the neck and choke her. He also punched her in the head one time with a closed fist according to the witness.

Sheriff's Deputies made entry into the residence to check the welfare of the female victim. When they failed to find her in the home, they searched outside and found her in an apartment above the garage where she had gone to escape the suspect. The frightened woman climbed out onto the roof to get to the deputies.

The victim denied that Sahl had punched or choked her, despite visible swelling and small lacerations above her left eye consistent with a blow from a fist as described by the witness. She stated that Sahl grabbed her by her arm, forcing her to walk into the house and telling her that he would have killed her if the witness had not been present.

Deputies sought, and were granted, an Emergency Protective Order for the victim. Sahl was arrested for domestic violence, criminal threats and false imprisonment, along with two misdemeanor arrest warrants. He was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was lodged with bail set at $30,000.00.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani