Police say man destroyed phone so victim could not call Paradise PD

When officers arrived, they saw two subjects and they say through investigation, they determined the incident to be domestic violence.

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 1:58 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - One man has been arrested for felony domestic violence and vandalism after Paradise Police say he destroyed the victim's phone to prevent her from calling authorities.

Officials say on Oct. 12 around 8:30 p.m. they were dispatched to Wagstaff Road for a 911 hang-up call where dispatch say they heard an altercation over the phone before the call ended.

When officers arrived, they saw two subjects and they say through investigation, they determined the incident to be domestic violence.

The man at the scene was identified as Michael Wainright, who was also determined to be the dominant aggressor.

Officials say it was determined there was probable cause that Wainright had destroyed the woman's phone to prevent her from calling 911, as well as destroyed her property.

Officers arrested Wainright for felony domestic violence, vandalism and damaging a cell phone to prevent a 911 call.

Wainright is currently out of custody on his own recognizance for a prior burglary charge, officers learned.

Wainright was booked into the Butte County Jail with a bail set at $81,000.

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