Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 422 PC [Criminal Threats]
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422 PC [Criminal Threats]
2200 block of Oriole Lane Willits, Ca
When: Date: 06-17-2014 Time: 8:10 PM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Adult Female 74 Willits, Ca
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Joel Berkowitz 71 Willits, Ca
Written by: Sergeant Darren Brewster
Synopsis: On 06-17-2014, at approximately 8:10 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the 2200 block of Oriole Lane in Willits, California regarding a verbal argument being heard in the area.

When Deputies arrived they heard a female yelling for help. The Deputies contacted the female victim on the back porch of her residence sitting on the ground next to her wheelchair.

The victim explained to Deputies her roommate, (S) Joel Berkowitz, had walked out to the back porch, where the victim was sitting, and began hitting her in the face and then kicked her out of her wheelchair, leaving her on the ground.

The victim continued by saying Joel Berkowitz then threatened to kill her, leaving the victim fearing for her life.

Berkowitz was found inside the residence laying on the floor of his bedroom extremely intoxicated.

Berkowitz was arrested without incident for violation of 422 PC and was then transported to the Mendocino County Jail to be held in lieu of $20,000.00 bail.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten