On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at about 3am, Officers were dispatched to the Save Mart parking lot to meet with a victim of alleged domestic violence.
Upon arriving, officers contacted the victim, who related that her boyfriend, and father of her two children, had physically attacked her after arguing with her. The victim said that her boyfriend, 30-year-old Coalinga resident John Canfield, had dragged her out of the bed by her hair and then kicked her in the face and stomped on her back several times as he pushed her out the front door, off the porch and onto the walkway. The victim said their two children were left inside the residence, so she walked to Save Mart and called the police.
Officers then contacted Canfield at their residence the 100 block of E. Houston. Canfield refused to come out of the house for the next few hours despite officers attempts to talk him out. During that time officers could see Canfield inside the residence, drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.
Due to Canfields uncooperative state and given the fact that he was becoming more intoxicated as he continued to drink and smoke, officers were given no other option but to force their way into the residence to take Canfield into custody and for the welfare of the infant children.
Canfield immediately surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. The children were found safe in their bedroom and turned over to their mother.
Canfield was transported and booked into the Fresno County Jail for charges including Domestic Violence and Child Endangerment.