RIO NIDO, CA – The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office released additional details Friday about a Jan. 8 domestic violence stabbing in a Rio Nido residence and a subsequent DUI crash that injured three people.
Two deputies responded to the 15000 block of Rio Nido Road east of Guerneville after a dispatcher received a 911 call from that address around 9:30 p.m., Sgt. Spencer Crum said.
The caller hung up and deputies found the front door closed, lights on and a dog barking inside the unoccupied home. There was a key in a dead bolt lock on the front door, and deputies found blood drops throughout the home, Crum said.
Neighbors identified the residents and said they heard a woman yelling inside the home about five minutes before deputies arrived. A third responding deputy came upon an Acura SUV rollover crash into a tree on River Road near Woolsey Road, Crum said.
Jennifer Skelton, 43, and her unidentified 31-year-old boyfriend who lived in the Rio Nido home, were ejected from the rear window of the Acura. Skelton’s boyfriend appeared to have multiple stab wounds to his chest, hands and face, Crum said.
The driver of the Acura, Heidi Allen, 43, of Guerneville, was extricated from the Acura and the California Highway Patrol arrested her for DUI before she was released to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, CHP Officer David deRutte said.
Sheriff’s detectives determined Allen was heavily intoxicated and fell asleep at the Rio Nido residence before she was awoken by a domestic violence incident between Skelton and her boyfriend, both of whom who were also intoxicated, Crum said.
Skelton allegedly stabbed her boyfriend at least once with a kitchen knife, and detectives collected other knives in the home as evidence, Crum said.
Allen was driving Skelton and her boyfriend to the hospital before the crash, Crum said. All three remain in a hospital.
The sheriff’s office secured a warrant for Skelton’s arrest for felony domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon when she recovers from her injuries and leaves the hospital, Crum said.
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