Willits Man Arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

On 7-18-13 at approximately 10:30 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched 575 Cropley Lane in Willits to investigate a reported assault with a deadly weapon. The weapon used was an automobile.

The fifty-one year-old male victim reported that his wife’s ex-boyfriend, Shelby E. Redenius of Willits, had attempted to run him down with a vehicle.  Redenius is the father of his wife’s two year-old daughter.

The victim stated that he was driving his vehicle on Blosser Lane when Redenius began to follow him very closely in his pickup.  Redenius followed him closely all the way to his home on Cropley Lane. When the victim stepped from his vehicle Redenius accelerated his vehicle toward him rapidly, coming within inches of him.

Redenius spun his vehicle in tight circles around the victim and his car.  Seated inside the victim’s car throughout this incident were his wife and her two year-old daughter.  The victim stated that Redenius then intentionally drove his truck into the open driver’s door of the victim’s vehicle, bending it forward.  Redenius then drove a short distance, spun his truck in a tight “doughnut” once more and drove away. The woman and her child were not injured.

The damage to the victim’s vehicle and other evidence at the scene supported the vehicle’s version of events.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies contacted Shelby Redenius at a Hwy 20 location where he was arrested without incident for assault with a deadly weapon.  Redenius was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $30,00 bail.

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