WOODLAND (CBS13) – Some Woodland residents received a rude awakening early Sunday morning during an apparent domestic dispute, but the suspect denies any wrongdoing.
“She was just screaming and hollering. I hesitated to call the police,” neighbor Denise Miller said.
But someone did pick up the phone. Police say around 4 a.m. a neighbor called 9-1-1 to report a woman being chased and beaten by a man with a 2-by-4.
“I was scared because I didn’t know what was happening,” Miller said.
But that was just the tip of the iceberg. When police arrived, they found this was more than a domestic dispute. They discovered an illegal marijuana grow inside the N. College Street home. But there was no sign of the suspect, Jose Castellano.
“I have no idea why he ran. He has previous interaction with police,” neighbor Victor Argumedo said.
The victim did not want to go on camera, but neighbors who saw what happened had no problem sharing their story and defending the suspect.
“There was another male threatening to beat him up,” Argumedo said.
“A big old guy was trying to chase him down that way,” Edgar Jimenez said.
Castellano, 23, called CBS13 to defend himself.
“No that’s not true, I did not hit her at all with the 2-by-4,” he told us.
Castellano wouldn’t tell us where he was or meet us in person but claims he did not hit his wife and has a permit for the pot.
“I’m not on the run,” he said. “I’m gonna turn myself in. I just want to make sure people hear my side of the story before I get incarcerated.”
Police say Castellanos is wanted on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, cultivation of marijuana, intimidating a witness and damaging a mobile phone.