Phone-Smashing Spouse Abuser Sentenced – January 25, 2012
Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office Press Release
On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Thomas Manuel Prince, 27, of McKinleyville, was sentenced to five years in State Prison by the Honorable Judge W. Bruce Watson after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats and corporal injury to a spouse, co-habitant or child’s parent.
On September 19, 2011, Prince physically assaulted the mother of his infant child as well as a female friend that attempted to stop the attack. Prince also threatened to shoot both women.
“I am pleased that the court saw fit to sentence Mr. Prince to State Prison for the maximum term of five years. This violent, traumatic incident left scars with its victims and will permanently affect any relationship that he has with his minor child, a child his victim was holding when Prince carried out the assault. The community and the victims of this case will be protected while he is serving his time in prison,” said Deputy District Attorney Allan L. Dollison, the prosecutor who handled the sentencing of the case.
HCSO Press Release, Sept. 21, 2011
On 09-19-2011, approximately 0430 hours the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office was notified of an assault which just occurred in the 2900 block of Little Pond Drive, McKinleyville.
When the deputy arrived he met with the female victim and her infant son. The victim told the deputy her boyfriend, Thomas Manuel Prince, 27 years poured beer on her when she was sleeping and then punched her several times in the face, choked her to the point of nearly passing out, sprayed her face with paint and threatened to shoot her with a shotgun. The victim attempted to flee from the residence with their baby via a window, but was dragged back inside by the suspect who continued the assault.
When a 50 year old female friend attempted to assist the victim during the assault, the suspect assaulted her several times, striking her in the head and face, and threatening to shoot her.
Prince also smashed all the telephones in the residence so the victims could not call law enforcement for help.
The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries which included several lacerations and a black eye.
The Sheriffs office is attempting to locate Thomas Manual Prince, 27 years old of McKinleyville. He is described as a white male, 5-11, 210 lbs, brown hair and blue eyes. He is wanted for threatening a crime with intent to terrorize, domestic violence, damage to a telephone, battery causing serious bodily injury, false imprisonment and willful cruelty to a child. He was last seen fleeing the scene on a bicycle.