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Date Released: 4/25/2012
Subject: Assault with Ax Arrest
Contact: Lt. Steve Knight
Case No#: 201202012
Released By: Lt. Steve Knight

Location: Eureka

On 04-24-2012, approximately 4:00 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a domestic disturbance in progress occurring in the 3600 block of Union Street, Eureka. The husband was reported to be chasing the wife with an Ax. When deputies arrived on scene the suspect, identified as Ted Lewis, 76 years old from Eureka met with them at the driveway to the residence. Deputies detained Lewis without incident. They spoke with the victim and a witness who told them Lewis and his wife got into an argument over keys. Lewis pushed the wife to the ground twice, and then picked up a double bladed Ax. He told the victim he was going to use it on her if she failed to give him keys and swung it at the victim towards the torso area nearly striking her. The victim was able to step back to avoid being struck by the Ax. Lewis then began striking the victims car parked in the driveway with the Ax causing significant damage to the vehicle.
At one point during the assault the witness intervened and was punched by Lewis in the chest. The victim and witness were uninjured during the assault.
Deputies arrested Lewis for assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence. He was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $50,000.00.


Mike Downey
Sheriff