UKIAH, 6/5/19 — A Ukiah man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon* after he allegedly ran down another man in the street with his car in retaliation for "unwanted sexual advances" on his female companion, according to a statement from the Ukiah Police Department (UPD) today.
The incident took place on Tuesday, June 3, on the 200 block of Brush Street. UPD arrived at the scene shortly after noon to find the victim, a 27 year old white man from Ukiah, bleeding from lacerations to his neck. The victim told officers that he had been run down by the suspect, Kyle Yarnell, a 27 year old white man from Ohio, while walking in a commercial driveway. UPD officers then received a call concerning damage to a vehicle on Ford Road, and subsequently found the suspect along with his female partner.
Further investigation revealed that the incident between the two men allegedly began earlier in the day, when the victim allegedly approached the woman in a Ukiah laundromat with unwanted sexual advances. She reportedly told Yarnell about this exchange, and the two went driving in the Yarnell's Subaru around the area until the encountered the victim walking in the driveway of a business. Yarnell then allegedly took aim at the victim and hit him "at a high rate of speed," the victim then collided with the windshield, resulting lacerations to his head and neck, as well as 'multiple contusions and abrasions on thevictim’s arms and legs." He reportedly did not stop or exit the Subaru but instead drove away.
Yarnell was taken to Mendocino County jail and charged with California penal code "245(a)(1)", "assault with a deadly weapon," with bail was set at $30,000. The victim was taken to the hospital for medical care. Anyone with additional information is asked to call UPD at 707-463-6262.
Here's the full press release:
UPD CASES #19-1478
Chief of Police
TIME OF CALL: 12:30 PM
LOCATION: 200 BLOCK OF BRUSH ST. UKIAH
CRIME: 245(a)(1) PC-ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
SUSPECT: YARNELL, KYLE (26 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE MASSILLON, OHIO) VICTIM: 27 YEAR OLD WHITE MALE UKIAH, CA.
On 6-3-19, at approx. 12:30 PM, UPD officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the 200 block of Brush St. regarding an adult male bleeding badly from his neck. Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim. The victim was reported to be in critical condition and was already being tended to by medical personnel. The victim sustained an approx. 5” long laceration on the right side of his neck, anotherapprox. 2” laceration to the right side of his head, as well as multiple contusions and abrasions on thevictim’s arms and legs.
The victim stated that he had been intentionally struck by a silver Subaru while walking in a driveway of a commercial building at the location. The victim had reportedly attempted to get out of the way of the vehicle but the driver (Kyle Yarnell) intentionally swerved and struck the victim. When struck by the vehicle, the victim hit the windshield (causing it to cave in) and then his body flipped over the Subaru. Yarnell never stopped or exited the Subaru, instead fled the scene.
While UPD officers were investigating this incident, MCSO received a report of damage to a vehicle in the 300 block of Ford Rd. MCSO deputies contacted Yarnell, along with his female companion. UPD officers also responded to Ford Rd. and it was determined the calls were related.
Officers contacted the involved parties, where it was reported that an initial incident occurred at alaundromat on Ford Rd. involving Yarnell’s female companion and the victim. It was reported thevictim had reportedly made an unwanted sexual suggestive comment to Yarnell’s female companion. The female companion reported the victim’s behavior to Yarnell. Yarnell and his female companiondrove around in an attempt to locate the victim. Yarnell located the victim in the 200 block of Brush St., where evidence and statements suggest Yarnell intentionally struck the victim with his vehicle at a high rate of speed.
Yarnell was arrested for 245(a)(1) PC and subsequently lodged at the county jail. Yarnell’s bail was set at $30,000. The victim was transported to a hospital, where he’s currently receiving medical care for his injuries. Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact UPD at 463-6262.
Prepared by Lt. Cedric Crook #L3 UPD Case # 19-1478UPD Press release issued June 4, 2019.
*Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly stated that the suspect had been charged with "vehicular homicide" when in fact the charge is assault with a deadly weapon.