A 35-year-old man from Santa Clarita was recently arrested on charges including inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant, grand theft, violating several previous domestic violence court orders and dissuading a witness.
According to reports, the incident started at around 6:10 pm when the victim saw the suspect show up at her residence. When she tried to call the police the suspect grabbed the cell phone out of her hand. The suspect then pushed the victim down the steps and continued the assault.
When deputies arrived the suspect had fled and deputies weren’t able to find him. Later on, at around 9 pm, the suspect showed back up at the residence. Deputies were called and the arrest was made.
The suspect is being held in lieu of over a million dollars bail at the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station jail.
California Penal Code 273.5 PC makes domestic violence a crime, such as inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant. The crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s prior criminal history.
Misdemeanor charges include the potential penalties of up to 1 year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $6,000. Felony charges carry the potential penalties of 2, 3, or 4 years in California state prison and/or a fine of up to $6,000. Subsequent convictions within 7 years carry additional penalties.
Grand theft is covered under California Penal Code 487 PC and is described as the unlawful taking of someone else’s labor, property, or money. It’s also a wobbler. The misdemeanor penalties include up to 1 year in county jail. Felony charges include 16 months to 3 years in jail.
California Penal Code 136.1 PC makes it illegal to dissuade, intimidate, or tamper with a witness. Misdemeanor penalties include up to 1 year in county jail. Felony penalties include up to 4 years in state prison.