Sheriff: Sword, shotgun wielded |

Sheriff: Sword, shotgun wielded

A Big Oak Valley woman is in jail after allegedly threatening her husband with a sword and a loaded shotgun, then kicking a sheriff’s deputy in the groin and shattering a window of a sheriff’s cruiser with her feet.

Cheryl Elizabeth Tohkubbi, 43, was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday at the home she shared with her 65-year-old husband on the 23000 block of St. Helena Drive.

Tohkubbi called 911 at 2:05 a.m. to report she needed a bandage and said her husband was “hurting her mentally.”

“When (deputies) got there, she was standing on the front porch, saying ‘Don’t come any closer,'” Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said. “She said if they came any closer, she’d get a gun and shoot.”

Deputies circled around the back of the house, then surprised Tohkubbi from behind, he said.

“She kicked one officer in the groin, then kicked the side window of the cruiser out,” Royal said.

Tohkubbi’s husband told officers his wife was acting strangely when he returned home from work several hours prior to the incident, Royal said.

Tohkubbi allegedly told her husband she had cut her leg while chasing a deer.

“He got dressed and was going to take her to the emergency room, but she said no,” Royal said.

Tohkubbi wanted an ambulance to respond, he said.

She allegedly grabbed a loaded shotgun and was trying to start an argument with her husband.

Tohkubbi had been drinking alcohol, according to Royal.

The husband grabbed the gun, threw it over an embankment where Tohkubbi couldn’t find it, then tried to go back to bed, he said.

“That’s when she got a sword and brandished it at him in an offensive position,” Royal said. “The husband, at that point, feared for his life.”

Deputies were not seriously hurt in the struggle with Tohkubbi after they arrived, he said, though Tohkubbi kicked one officer in the groin and kicked a second officer in the shin.

After she kicked out the back passenger window of the cruiser, Royal said, officer placed Tohkubbi in leg restraints.

Deputies took her to the hospital.

Later in the morning, officers booked Tohkubbi into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, public drunkenness, battery on a police officer and felony vandalism in lieu of $25,750 bail.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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