Police: Auburn man terrorizes his wife with a knife

Resources for domestic abuse victims offered in Auburn-area
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn man remains in custody for allegedly pushing his wife down a flight of stairs and chasing her wife with a knife Tuesday, according to a release issued by the Auburn Police Department Thursday. William Bryan Jr., 29, of Auburn, was arrested on felony charges of force or assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism and parole hold, according to the release by Sergeant Michael Garlock. The arrest began with a 911 call from Bryan’s wife about a domestic violence dispute. Initially, Bryan pushed her down a flight of stairs. She reportedly made a second call saying the dispute had escalated to Bryan pulling a knife on her. After the victim locked her husband out, Bryan vandalized her vehicle and cut the power to their home. “The officers’ investigation indicated that Bryan and the victim have been married for approximately 6 months. Bryan and the victim got into an argument, which escalated to the point where Bryan allegedly pushed the victim down a set of stairs,” Garlock said in the press release. “Once back inside the residence, Bryan grabbed a knife and chased the victim from the residence and continued to chase her outside.” The victim was able to escape from Bryan and hid behind a piece of outdoor furniture, according to Garlock. Auburn Police Department Detective Dustin McLaughlin later located Bryan’s car at a residence near Park Drive and Galena Drive in Auburn, where he found Bryan hiding inside and placed him under arrest. John Akers, senior chaplain for a non-profit group, the Placer County Law Enforcement chaplaincy, said chaplains do often respond to cases of domestic violence. For victims of a domestic abuse situation, Akers said there are several resources he recommends. “That usually results with us being on scene with an officer because something has taken place. We will sit and talk with people and give them resources and tell them the different things that are available through the (District Attorney’s) office,” Akers said. Akers said PEACE for Families and local women’s shelters also offer help for those seeking a safe way out of a violent situation. “Most of the time our interaction is giving resources,” Akers said. “Listening and trying to work with them in a non-judgmental way and giving them options of places they can seek out.” Reach Sara Seyydin at, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News. ______________________________________________________Need help now? If you or someone you care about is a victim of domestic violence, the following are some of the many available resources: • PEACE for Families 24-Hour crisis line: 1-800-575-5352. In addition, PEACE for Families offers an emergency shelter for battered women and their children, transitional housing, assistance on obtaining emergency food, transportation and clothing, and many more services. • Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy (530) 820-3427. Chaplains are trained to provide crisis care to citizens impacted by crimes and other traumatic incidents, including domestic violence.