Upvalley Woman Struck in Face with Ax, Man Arrested, Napa Newspaper Reports

Richard Alan Edwards, 59, was jailed on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, causing mayhem and possession of a short-barreled shotgun, according to the Napa Valley Register.

An Upvalley woman was taken to St. Helena Hospital early Sunday morning with a seriously lacerated face and a 59-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of causing the injury with a double-bladed ax, according to a report on the website.
The article reports that deputies said the woman was at home in the couple's trailer on Pope Valley Road when Richard Alan Edwards, 59, began throwing cans at the windows and then breaking the glass with an ax.
The ax head separated from the handle and hit the woman in the face, according to the Register.
After fleeing and then returning to the trailer later Sunday morning, Edwards was jailed on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, causing mayhem and possession of a short-barreled shotgun, according to the report.
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Louisa Hufstader August 01, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Jenn - I'm not saying I personally want to see it removed if we could have a constructive conversation instead; but I did want to let people know what the flag button's about. Tom took a different approach with his comment and that's good too. Thanks all.
Karen Calhoun August 01, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I did the final flag... of course I thought it was inappropriate! Not to mention, there was no real name, which is inappropriate in itself.
Louisa Hufstader August 01, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Very true. A cowardly statement made in a cowardly manner, it didn't sound like any of the TJs I know, who tend to be gentle souls — certainly not the type to call a victim an ugly name and put the blame on her for the actions of a man who chose to use a double-bladed ax to break in the windows so violently that the ax head flew off and into her face. The flags are always there for you and we will need them more as Patch continues to expand: Moderating for ID has overwhelmed me and so I have removed the moderation controls for comments at this time.
Matt Jackson August 01, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Let's hope all her wounds heal from this! Terrible. ;(
Louisa Hufstader August 03, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I'd like to share this Facebook comment from Napa Emergency Women's Services: "It is a well known fact that abusers regularly blame the victim of Domestic Violence to keep control and rationalize their behavior. You can see this documented in the Power and Control Wheel developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project: 'MINIMIZING, DENYING, AND BLAMING: Making light of the abuse and not taking her concerns about it seriously. Saying the abuse didn’t happen. Shifting responsibility for abusive behavior. Saying she caused it.' NEWS' Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocates are trained to recognize these behaviors and help the victim understand that it is not their fault and that there is help and safety for them. The NEWS Crisis Line is available with a live person to help, listen, and answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (707) 255-NEWS (6397). http://www.ncdsv.org/images/PowerControlwheelNOSHADING.pdf"


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