Major domestic violence incident in Potter Valley (press release)

A man threatened to kill his ex, and dragged her while she hung out of a car.

Jesse Edward Slotte from his MCSO booking log photo.
Jessie Edward Slotte from his MCSO booking log photo.

Editor’s note: This article previously stated the incident occurred “yesterday” due to a delay in publication, it has been updated with the correct date of the incident, May 27.

MENDOCINO Co., 5/30/17 — A pretty serious domestic abuse incident occurred on May 27 in Potter Valley.

Jessie Slotte, 31, is being held on $30,000 bail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, felony domestic violence, and child endangerment. In the course of the assault he allegedly threaten to kill his ex-wife, put a knife to her throat, kicked her on the ground, then dragged her from a car. Slotte fled the scene of the incident in Potter Valley and was subsequently arrested in Lakeport.

The MCSO provides the details in the following press release:

DATE:  May 30, 2017


Incident Number:

245(a)(1) PC (Assault with Deadly Weapon)

273.5 PC (Felony Domestic Violence Battery)

273a(a) PC  (Child Endangerment)

11000 block of East Road in Potter Valley, CA

Date of Incident:

7:40 PM

Adult Female (31 year-old from Lakeport, CA)

Jessie Slotte (31 year-old male from Lakeport, CA)

Written By:
Sgt. Mike Dygert #1168

On 05-27-2017 at about 7:40 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported domestic violence incident in the 11000 block of East Road in Potter Valley, California.

Upon arrival Deputies learned Jessie Slotte and an adult female had previously been married and had children in common.

Both Slotte and the adult female were in a vehicle together with a three year old male child and a five month old female infant child.

The adult female was driving the vehicle down the road when she and Slotte became engaged in an argument.  The argument escalated and Slotte reached down and pushed on the vehicle’s accelerator pedal while one of his hands grabbed the steering wheel.  This caused the adult female to lose temporary control of the vehicle.

Slotte brandished a pocket knife and held it at the adult female’s neck and threatened to kill her.

The adult female stopped the vehicle and attempted to get the children out of the vehicle when Slotte attacked her by pushing her to the ground and kicking her once on the left side of her torso.

The adult female got up and was attempting to retrieve the children when Slotte started driving away in the vehicle while the adult female was partially in the vehicle.  This caused the adult female’s feet to be dragged on the ground several feet while striking some road side mailboxes before Slotte stopped the vehicle.

The adult female managed to get one of the children out of the vehicle before Slotte drove off at a high rate of speed.

Deputies observed visible injuries on the adult female’s legs.

At 9:11 PM Slotte was located in the City of Lakeport by Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and was subsequently arrested for the listed violations.

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

Approved by:
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten

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