A Lodi correctional counselor and firearms instructor was charged Friday with five felonies relating to the alleged abuse of the woman he married in China four years ago.
Michael Patrick O'Riley, 60, is being held on $950,000 bail. Police who arrested him also seized more than $20,000 in cash and 12 firearms.
His 44-year-old wife allegedly told police that O'Riley had threatened to kill her and had abused her for the past 22 months, since she moved from China to the United States.
The case brought television cameras to town, with initial stories about the woman being held captive for two years at her home in the 300 block of West Lodi Avenue. Police, however, said they found nothing in the home that showed she was physically held against her will, and that she had no visible injuries. Prosecutors did not file false imprisonment charges.
In the past two weeks, police have been called 10 times to the home. Four of those calls were for disturbances, with the woman saying they were only "arguing," Cpl. Dale Eubanks said. In the six other calls, the woman was home alone and did not report any abuse, Eubanks said.
O'Riley's arrest stunned long-time neighbors, who said they never suspected anything was wrong, and that his nicely-dressed wife never appeared to be under duress.
When police arrived at the home Thursday afternoon, though, officers said the woman was sobbing, feared for her life and tried to jump into a police car window to escape.
Lodi police ultimately arrested O'Riley at gunpoint, initially seized nine firearms and also seized more than $20,000 in cash, which police said they found on him, said Sgt. Fernando Martinez. On Friday, investigators seized three more guns and a computer from the home.
O'Riley has been employed for more than 18 years as an inmate counselor at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove. He was placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest, said Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran.
O'Riley had previously worked as an Alameda police officer, Lodi Police Cpl. Dale Eubanks said.
Police were sent Thursday afternoon to the couple's home, after receiving a 9-1-1 call. The line was open but nobody was talking, so dispatchers sent two patrol cars to check the home.
The home is located in a business section of town, next to a beauty shop. O'Riley's firearms instructor business card is taped to the front of the business, and white paper covers the inside of the windows. City zoning in that area allows both homes and businesses.
O'Riley has lived in the rear portion of the building for more than 10 years, according to employees next door. City records show his business license has been valid since January 1997.
Officer Heather Metcalf arrived first on Thursday and drove into an alley behind the house, where she saw a woman outside.
"She was standing in the alley and was just streaming tears. When she saw me, she just charged at me," Metcalf said.
"I've seen a lot of scared people, but I've never seen anyone that terrified," the officer said.
Metcalf's windows were down in her patrol car - her usual practice so she can hear more things - and the woman tried to open the locked passenger door, then tried climbing through the window.
"I said, 'Slow down, what's going on?' She said, 'My husband's going to kill me. He has guns. He's putting them in his truck,'" Metcalf said.
Then Metcalf heard something, looked up and saw a man exiting the home, carrying several long gun cases.
"He had way more guns than I have," Metcalf said.
The officer, still in her car, drew her gun and unlocked the passenger door so the frantic woman could get inside. Metcalf drove in reverse down the alley to get some distance from the man with guns, then stepped partially out of the car and drew her gun on the man.
A backup officer had arrived by then, also drew his gun, and ordered the man to stop and put his hands up. The man, later identified by police as O'Riley, initially kept walking toward his truck but ultimately stopped and was detained without incident.
O'Riley apparently met the woman online, and he traveled to China four times to meet her, police said. The two married in China four years ago, O'Riley returned to the U.S., and the woman moved here 22 months ago, according to Lodi police. They do not have children together.
The woman told police that O'Riley had left Tuesday night and said he wasn't returning. Then he returned Thursday and made comments that made the woman fear for her life, police said.
Employees at Image Hair and Facial Studio, next to O'Riley's door, were stunned by the allegations.
"They look like a happy couple," said Mary Coker, who said she never saw any signs of abuse. "We don't know what happened inside, but outside he was just as cordial as could be."
She said O'Riley would head to work and his wife would walk toward Downtown, sometimes with friends. When his wife first moved to Lodi, he introduced her to the women at the salon.
"They seemed really happy all the time," said beautician Judi Ito. "I would think, since we're Asian, she would have come to us and asked for help."
O'Riley's wife was taken to an undisclosed location for her own safety, police said, and she was listed only as "Jane Doe" in court files. Judge Bob McNatt signed a criminal protective order Friday barring O'Riley from having any contact with the woman.
O'Riley retained Stockton attorney Roger Moore, who was unavailable for comment Friday, and had another attorney fill in for him during the brief arraignment.
O'Riley, who in court expressed concern Friday about medication for his high blood pressure, is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp. He is charged with one count of making criminal threats, two counts of sexual penetration by force and two counts of forced oral copulation, all felonies.
Though O'Riley apparently publicizes himself as a firearms instructor, no such license could be found on the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services' Web site. Calls to the agency were not returned Friday, which was an unpaid furlough day for state employees.
Curran said O'Riley does not carry a gun at work, and that his job duties do not include firearm training.
A phone number listed for O'Riley's business, called Monterey Peninsula Institute For Defense, had been disconnected.