Man Allegedly Assaults Woman With Lawn Chair, Beats Other Victims

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

mcsoOn 08-25-2015 at approximately 6:18 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of Gopherville Road in Whitethorn, California.

Upon arrival a 52-year-old female victim told them that a nearby neighbor, Gerard Majella Honzik, had contacted her earlier in the day while she was in her yard.

Without warning Honzik struck the female victim several times in the head and upper body with a folding chair, causing bruising and swelling to portions of her head.

Honzik also vandalized the female victim’s pickup truck, shattering the windshield and destroying a mirror.

The incident occurred at approximately 8:00 AM. The victim had already been treated for her injuries by the time Deputies arrived on scene.

A male victim at the same residence had been badly beaten by Honzik and another male during the same day. The second victim declined to seek prosecution and was unwilling to cooperate with the investigation.

Deputies responded to Honzik’s residence and took him into custody without incident.  Honzik was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and for an outstanding Mendocino County misdemeanor warrant for an assault charge.

Honzik was booked into the Mendocino County Jail to be held in lieu of $30,000.00 bail.



  • Any idea how long it takes Mendo S.O. to get to Whitethorn considering the closest deputy is in Willits? Honzik must have had lunch and dinner waiting for the cops.

    • He probably figured it was just a neighborly disagreement and it had blown over.
      I am curious what the disagreement was about?
      You can’t allow anyone get away with an assault, always report a crime whether you think it is serious or not.

  • A lawnchair is a deadly weapon, presumably because one can use it to inflict death. So what isn’t a deadly weapon?

    Related: Monty Python – Self Defense Against Fruit

  • Gopherville Road? I believe it is called Whitethorn Road until it meets Usal Road. Whitethorn Road goes through the 80 acres named Gopherville. Several homes there at one time, on both sides of Whitethorn road.

  • I think the deadly weapon is your fist

  • Hitting someone with a chair never killed anyone in wrestling. he was just bringing the smack down

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