Man Arrested for Allegedly Punching Woman, Dog During Standoff in Sausalito
(by James Lanaras) – Sausalito police arrested a man on suspicion of domestic violence and animal cruelty at a residence Wednesday night.
Police received reports of a male yelling at a female and the sounds of breaking glass and responded around 10:30 p.m. to a residence in the 200 block of 200 Valley Street, Lt. Bill Fraass said.
Officers looked through a window and saw a naked, agitated man standing on a bed and yelling at a female who was laying under the covers.
Officers also were able to see broken windows, overturned furniture and broken electronics in the residence, Fraass said.
The male, identified as Graham Fisher, 26, of Sausalito, did not comply with orders to stop pushing the female’s face down toward the mattress. The female also refused to get out of bed and let the officers into the residence, Fraass said.
When Fisher struck the female several times in the head with a wooden board, officers tried to force entry into a locked door of the residence but were unable to get in. The female was finally convinced to unlock the door and officers quickly removed her from the residence, according to Fraass.
Fisher remained agitated inside the residence, and Marin County sheriff’s deputies and Mill Valley police officers also responded to negotiate with Fisher’s surrender. At one point, officers saw Fisher punch a dog inside the residence several times with his closed fist, Fraass said.
Fisher calmed down after several hours of negotiations and surrendered around 2:30 a.m. today. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, animal cruelty and being under the influence of a controlled substance, Fraass said.