Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 245 PC [Assault with a Deadly Weapon], 273.5 PC [Corpral Injury to Domestic Partner]
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245 PC [Assault with a Deadly Weapon], 273.5 PC [Corpral Injury to Domestic Partner]
20000 Block of Lyta Way, Fort Bragg Ca.
When: Date: 03/14/2014 Time: 2:12 P.M.
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Withheld per 293 PC
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Ross Mehtala 24 Fort Bragg, Ca.
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: On 03/14/2014 at approximately 2:12 P.M. Deputies received a call for service regarding an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred at a residence in the 20000 block of Lyta Way in Fort Bragg.

Deputies contacted the victim and learned that she and her cohabitating partner, Ross Mehtala, became involved in a verbal argument about an hour earlier. During that argument, Mehtala obtained an axe from the yard, held it over his head and approached the victim threateningly, while she stood in the exterior doorway of the residence.

The victim closed the door just before Mehtala swung the axe, which resulted in the axe striking the door. Deputies observed that the door had sustained moderate damage consistent with being struck with an axe, and located an axe nearby. Mehtala was not at the location upon the Deputies arrival.

On 03/15/2014 at approximately 11:04 A.M., Deputies returned to the residence on Lyta Way and made contact with Mehtala, who was arrested without incident. Mehtala was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked on the listed charges with bail set at $30,000.00.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani