Couple ejected from vehicle on the way to ER after assault
A Rio Nido resident faces felony assault charges after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend with a kitchen knife on the evening of Jan. 8, according to Sonoma County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Sgt. Spencer Crum.
Sheriff’s detectives have secured a warrant to arrest Jennifer Skelton, 43, after she recovers from injuries sustained in a vehicle collision that took place on the night of the incident. The current charges against Skeleton are felony domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon.
According to sheriff’s reports, a call came into sheriff’s dispatch shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 8. The unknown caller promptly hung up after the call was answered. “The 911 screen indicated the call originated from the 1500 block of Rio Nido Road, just east of Guerneville,” Crum said.
Deputies responded to the home to check the welfare of the occupants. Upon arrival they found the front door closed, lights on in the home and a dog barking inside. Deputies also found a key in the dead bolt lock on the front door.
“Fearing something was wrong, deputies announced their presence and entered the home where they found blood drops throughout the home,” Crum said.
After searching the residence, deputies concluded no one was present.
“Neighbors were able to provide names of the residents, and one person stated they heard a woman yelling in the home about five minutes prior to the deputies’ arrival,” Crum said.
While the home was being secured, another deputy came upon a car crash on River Road near Woolsey Road. Two people were found on the ground outside the vehicle as a result of being ejected in the rollover crash.
One person was confirmed to be a resident of the Rio Nido Road home and had suffered what appeared to be multiple stab wounds to his chest, hands and face. As a victim of domestic violence, his name will not be released. The driver and two passengers sustained significant injuries and were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
After further investigation, detectives determined that Heidi Allen, 43, of Guerneville was heavily intoxicated and asleep at the Rio Nido home when she was woken up by the domestic violence incident between Skelton and her boyfriend.
Detectives confirmed both Skeleton and her boyfriend live in the Rio Nido home. “During the incident it is believed that Skelton stabbed her boyfriend with a kitchen knife at least one time. Several knives were located in the home and collected as evidence,” Crum said.
Seeing that the man needed medical attention, Allen started to drive the couple to the hospital in her white Acura SUV but crashed on the way. According to the report, Skelton and her boyfriend were seated in the back of the SUV and were not wearing seat belts. They were both ejected from the rear windows of the vehicle.
Crum said California Highway Patrol is charging Allen as a suspect in a felony DUI crash. Skelton and her boyfriend were also determined to be heavily intoxicated at the time.
Health conditions of Allen and the stab-wound victim have not been released.