911 call leads to man’s arrest on battery, drug charges
A man accused of preventing his wife from leaving during an argument ended up in jail Wednesday on charges including battery and false imprisonment, as well as possession of controlled substances and stolen property.
The woman said she began arguing with her husband Wednesday morning because he had been contacting another woman on the computer, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Keith Royal.
“He got violent,” Royal said, adding that the man kicked a door and she told him to leave. He then reportedly refused and began throwing items, promoting her to flee outside.
The man, identified as Jessie Arthur Friedman, tried to move his wife’s vehicle inside a gate so she couldn’t leave and then let the air out of the tires, Royal said.
At some point, the wife texted a friend for help, telling her that Friedman was on heroin and threatening to shoot anyone who came over.
She then ran back into the residence and tried to block the door with a table, Royal said. She reportedly was injured when Friedman kicked the door open.
After the friend called 911, sheriff’s deputies responded and called for Friedman to come out of the residence.
“He came out of the garage with an assault rifle on his hands,” Royal said. “When he saw law enforcement, he ran back inside.”
Friedman did eventually put the rifle down and exit the residence with his hands up, and was taken into custody.
A search of the residence uncovered a home-made rifle silencer, a number of pills and part of a butane honey oil lab, Royal said.
Detectives also located a trail camera, which Friedman said he found, but which was identified by a neighbor as belonging to him, Royal added.
Friedman, 33, was booked into county jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, battery on a spouse, manufacturing butane honey oil, possessing stolen property and possessing a controlled substance. He was being held in lieu of $40.500 bail.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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