On March 1, 2021, just after 1 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 4000 block of D Street, in the county’s jurisdiction of Eureka, for the report of a domestic disturbance resulting in injuries.
Deputies arrived at the residence and located an adult female victim with a laceration to the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. Also at the residence, deputies located the suspect, 30-year-old Benjamin Thomas Kleiner. During their investigation, deputies learned that an altercation occurred between Kleiner and the victim. At some point during the altercation, Kleiner struck the victim with a glass bottle, causing injury.
Kleiner was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on fresh charges of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm (PC 245(A)(1)) and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse (PC 273.5(A)), in addition to warrant charges of reckless driving (VC 23103) and driving under the influence of alcohol (VC 23152(B)).
Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.