Lovers’ Spats Endanger Lives

By Patric Hedlund

Former lovers had a rough time coping with the call of that wild Harvest Moon last week. Local deputies responded to two potentially life-threatening domestic violence reports. One involved a small child, the other ended with a Taser zap; both landed the alleged offenders in jail.


On Tuesday, Sept. 25 a distraught woman at Western Village Motel (3225 Mount Pinos Way) in Frazier Park said her live-in boyfriend had strangled her twice to unconsciousness. "The second time she awoke, he was leaving with their three-year-old child, unrestrained, in her vehicle," sheriff’s investigators reported. They did not know "the direction of flight" so they put out a bulletin for Curtis Barry Jensen, 30, of Frazier Park and called for medical aid for the victim. Deputies were unable to find the man and child. Later that night the victim reported the suspect returned her vehicle and their child but the suspect fled.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, Jensen was located in the 700 block of Pasadena Trail. He was taken into custody and booked in Bakersfield for two counts of co-habitant abuse, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon (other than a firearm) and one count of child endangerment. His bail was set at $120,000.


On Friday, Sept. 28, deputies were called during another domestic dispute to find John Kolt, 41 who was hiding in the attic of his girlfriend’s home in the 1200 block of Leisure Lane in Pinon Pines. The report by Sgt. Vincent Martinez says Kolt, of Pinon Pines, was barricaded inside the residence. Deputies ruled out domestic violence charges but discovered Kolt was a parolee at large.

Sheriffs report that "[Kolt] was ordered (numerous times) to surrender but he refused." Deputies entered the attic where Kolt was hiding in a crawl space where deputies could not reach him. "Kolt was again ordered numerous times to surrender but he refused," Martinez reports adding, "Deputies deployed their taser on Kolt and he submitted to arrest." Kolt was taken to Kern Medical Center to be examined, then booked for resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and the parole hold, according to the deputy’s report.

This is part of the October 05, 2007 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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