Abbreviated Chronology of Contacts with Sonoma County Sheriff
September: Teresa reports Avelino's physical abuse of one
of her children to the Sheriff's Dept. Despite two adult witnesses
to the abuse, deputies made no arrest and wrote no report.
March 31: Teresa reports Avelino's physical and sexual abuse
of three young children. Her statement generated a report to Child
Protective Services and the Sheriff's Dept. Although the Sheriff's
Dept. found corroborating evidence of the abuse, no criminal charges
were filed, leaving the case under the jurisdiction of Child Protective
Teresa receives a restraining order against Avelino.
January 20: Teresa calls to report Avelino stalking and harassing
her in a grocery store. The Sheriff's Dept. told Teresa to leave
21: Avelino breaks into Teresa's apartment. Teresa and her
children close themselves up in a room, but Avelino enters that
room as well. The Sheriff responds to a call to her home where
Teresa reports all that happened.
22: Teresa obtains a temporary restraining order, requiring
that Avelino make no contact with Teresa or her family.
23: Avelino comes to Teresa's housecleaning job in a Glen
Ellen home and refuses to leave. Avelino is angry and threatening
not only to Teresa but to the homeowner and the homeowner's family
as well. Teresa calls the sheriff.
23: Teresa delivers copies of her restraining order paper
to Sheriff's Sonoma substation.
23: Later that day, Avelino asks friend Marty Cabello to call
the sheriff after Avelino blocked her car into the driveway with
his car and wouldn't let her leave. The deputy, shown the restraining
order by Teresa, tells Avelino to move his car. The deputy leaves.
23: That same evening Cabello calls the sheriff again because
Avelino still has not moved his car. The deputy again tells Avelino
to move his car.
31: Teresa calls the sheriff to report Avelino's continual
violations of the restraining order calling her on the phone and
coming to her apartment. Deputy Mark Lopez responds to the call.
He then calls Avelino, who denied the violations.
15: Teresa goes to court hearing in which her restraining
order is made permanent by the judge. Avelino is also present,
and thus aware the restraining order continues in force.
20: CPS social worker Suni Levi calls the Sheriff's Department
to report that Avelino was "showing up everywhere,"
and ask why Teresa's restraining order is not being enforced.
21: Teresa, shaking in fear, and her friend Marty Cabello
go the to Sheriff's Sonoma substation near midnight to report
that Avelino was following them in his car, including following
them right up to the substation. Cabello reports that Avelino
is following and threatening to kill Teresa "more than ever."
Teresa also reports two other incidents of stalking, one on February
14th when Avelino had shown up at her night school and tried to
give her flowers and a Valentine card, and another incident in
which he showed up at her church.
22: Teresa goes to the Sheriff's substation to bring in her
written statements of Avelino's abuse and harassment.
23: Teresa goes to the substation to drop off a written statement
and to report that Avelino was again stalking her as she entered
a store. Teresa had tried to flag down a sheriff's patrol car.
Avelino is continuing to call her apartment.
23: Teresa returns home to find Avelino calling her again.
She called the Sheriff's Department to report it to deputy Lopez.
On the dispatch tape of this 911 call, Lopez can be heard saying,
"I can't keep filing a report every time she calls."
28: Avelino stalks Teresa all day in the streets, then follows
her to another employer's home. Teresa flagged down a patrol car.
The deputy finds Avelino and tells him to stay away from Teresa.
Teresa writes out additional reports dated February 27th and 28th
and delivers them to the substation.
Both Teresa and her roommate call the Sheriff to report Avelino
had tried to open Teresa's car door while her mother, Sara Hernandez,
was sitting in it. When Sara wouldn't open her window, Avelino
left a card on the car window.
of March: Avelino follows Teresa to yet another housecleaning
job, opening the sliding glass door of the house. He leaves only
after realizing one of the residents is still in the house. Marty
Cabello reports the incident and tells the Department she believes
Avelino is going to kill Teresa.
of March: That same week, Marty Cabello again calls the sheriff
to report Avelino had followed Teresa to two different jobs and
is sitting in the street watching the house. Cabello is told it
would be better if she didn't call anymore, but just have Teresa
write down reports of stalking and bring them in.
Teresa calls 911 to report Avelino is continuing to call her,
in violation of the restraining order. The dispatcher asks if
Avelino has been violent in the past. "Sí, mucho,"
As Teresa and her mother drive to a Child Protective Services-ordered
mediation with Avelino, Avelino tailgates Teresa's car. Teresa
pulls into the Santa Rosa Police station and shows officers the
restraining order. Avelino follows her into the station, where
he is handcuffed. After a phone call to CPS worker Suni Levi,
Avelino is released; no arrest is made.
Avelino follows Teresa and her mother to a housecleaning job in
the town of Sonoma. As Avelino approaches the car, Sara Hernandez
goes into the house to call 911. Avelino shoots Teresa in the
head, then fires two shots into Sara before turning the gun on
by Tanya Brannan of Purple Berets, with information from Sheriff's
Department reports and press releases, 911 tapes, documents filed
in the lawsuit, witness testimony, and Teresa's diary.)