Woman, 74, seriously beaten

October 25, 2011

Douglas Ray Flaata

A 74-year-old California Valley woman was allegedly beaten by her former boyfriend so severely Sunday that she had to be airlifted to a hospital, authorities said.

After receiving a 911 call, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a remote area in the 11000 block of Dixon Trail, and heard a woman calling for help.

Douglas Ray Flaata, 56, was arrested at the scene. Cal Fire requested a medical evacuation helicopter, and the seriously injured woman was flown to Twin Cities Community Hospital. She has not yet been identified.

Flaata is in San Luis Obispo County Jail on $500,000 bond. He’s been charged with attempted murder, domestic violence and terrorist threats.


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25 Comments

  1. slowtime says:

    Once again, everyone is jumping to conclusions and media convicting this “freak on” dude. No one really knows yet the details .Patience people prior to final judgement.
    Having been the male victim of Domestic Violence in the past, Willie has made some correct points. The male is not automatically to blame for everything. Women prisons are full husband killers.

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    • MaryMalone says:

      What part about “He’s been charged with attempted murder, domestic violence and terrorist threats” don’t you understand.

      How could it possibly be the fault of a 74-year-old woman who was beaten so horrifically by her 56-year-old ex-boyfriend she had to be medievacked to Twin Cities?

      She’s 74 years old!

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    • willie says:

      slowtime

      I am sure you and I and everyone else here do not condone any beating of any old lady whether they ask for it or not the case.
      And thank you, I believe you and I are open minded to the cause, what happen, what led to this, and not the crime itself.

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  2. MaryMalone says:

    Wow, they weren’t kidding when they said her home is “rural.” It’s pretty danged close to Soda Lake.

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  3. MaryMalone says:

    Two things:

    1. Opinion: That is his booking photo. IMO, only a psycho would be smiling like that after attempting to murder someone.

    2. Until 2008, he was a licensed general contractor. He let his license expire, and has not refiled.

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    • easymoney says:

      1.) I agree
      2.) I could care less what he does for a living, but his behavior, beating an elderly woman so bad she had to be airlifted, is horrifying…

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      • MaryMalone says:

        I think there are implications to his work as a general contractor, with that career apparently ending in 2008, three years ago. We’ll see how it pans out.

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  4. willie says:

    rOy
    “gettin’ her/ his freak on”

    I am guessing that may have been initially or in the past but in the present they are likely still together probably because of survival need as in cases of divorsees still living together due to a very bad economy.

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  5. willie says:

    MaryMalone
    “Would this be your response if she was your mother or grandmother?”

    This is a relationship between a man and woman or in some cases called a woe-man
    What would cause a man to drink when he would otherwise not have the need.
    What would cause a man to beat someone he would otherwise have no thought of doing.
    The woman are usually the bosses in a relationship!
    The woman are usually the cause and effect and never to blame.
    When a couple’s relationship is good you do not have this.
    WE DON’T REALLY KNOW WITH THE GIVEN DATA.

    Cindy
    “In fact I know and 80 year old who can easily pass for 60.”
    I know of situations like that but not that old, in those cases I am aware the woman (sweet, even georgous and very selfish) takes care of herself more and treat their partner like crap (use and abuse).
    OTHERWISE, I DON’T REALLY KNOW WITH THE GIVEN DATA.

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    • MaryMalone says:

      QUOTING WILLIE: “This is a relationship between a man and woman or in some cases called a woe-man
      What would cause a man to drink when he would otherwise not have the need.
      What would cause a man to beat someone he would otherwise have no thought of doing.
      The woman are usually the bosses in a relationship!
      The woman are usually the cause and effect and never to blame.
      When a couple’s relationship is good you do not have this.
      WE DON’T REALLY KNOW WITH THE GIVEN DATA.”

      ——————-

      Your misogyny is noted. Carry on.

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      • willie says:

        MaryMalone

        Not the “what” happen, but “how:”
        I do not condone the beating nor the crime or “what” had happen.
        In other words, I am speculating “how” could something like this happen!

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    • Cindy says:

      Shame on you Willie. The 80 year old I was talking about is anything but spoiled and selfish. She has a simple but well kept home and is a naturalist. She believes in exercise and a healthy diet, holistic healing, mind and body and all that stuff. She doesn’t wear makeup, doesn’t buy expensive clothes, come to think of it, she shops at the thrift shop! She can afford better but see’s no need to spend money foolishly, etc. I have known a few ladies who shocked me when I learned their age. In most cases they are people who maintain healthy lifestyles. They are beautiful people inside and it shows through to the outside, literally.

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      • willie says:

        Cindy
        Gee, I didn’t know all that about her!
        And I agree, there are some ladies that shine out from within, they are like sages to me, not even a demon would harm them.
        And I am aware of the opposite who focus on superficial beauty for less than virtuous motives.
        But I didn’t know all that about this lady, I really didn’t.

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  6. Cindy says:

    Initially I thought about the fact that this guy is 56 and his girl friend (x-girlfriend) is 74. That is quite an age difference especially when the woman is the older party but then I took a look at this guy and he looks like crap. I have known a few (not many) woman in their 70’s that are extremely well kept. In fact I know and 80 year old who can easily pass for 60. Her hair has never even turned gray (no she doesn’t color it) and its very long and dark. She also wears a size five and still has plenty of body muscle. I certainly would never call her saggy. I think it’s probably best not to consider the odd age difference until you know who the people are. Some woman age extremely well especially if they exercise and take care of themselves. Not to mention the right plastic surgeons do wonder’s these day’s. Take a look at Cher Bono!

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    • MaryMalone says:

      Cindy, I agree with you 100%.

      My mother-in-law just turned 86 and her third husband of 25 years just turned 68. Up until the last couple of years, she was able to go horse riding, feed and take care of their horses, the house, grow a garden and can, etc. What made her go downhill was a lifetime of doing heavy work. Her back just went kaflooey on her, and she is limited now in the kind of chores she can do.

      They still love each other, and are devoted to each other. He is an absolute rock of stability for her, and she for him.

      I like to say, ‘It ain’t the years, it’s the mileage!” and she now pipes in “Looks like both have caught up with me!”

      There’s more to marriage than “gettin’ her freak on!,” and anybody, I don’c are what gender they are, who beats up someone smaller, weaker, older, or less experienced fighting than them, is a fracking loser and needs to spend some time in Pelican Bay.

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      • Typoqueen says:

        The only thing that worries me about large jumps in age is elder abuse. For the 1 millionth time, we are going through an elder abuse issue in our family. There’s so much elder abuse out there, we didn’t know it until this happened in our family. After working with the police and Adult Protective Services with our family member we’ve learned that it’s really common, we just don’t hear about it because they are old and sadly people don’t care about our older population, it doesn’t make exciting headlines. But unless this women has dementia she’s not that old. But if I had a family member in their 80s that met up with a much younger person I would be very cautious.

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    • Typoqueen says:

      I agree with you Cindy.

      Regarding Cher, I can’t stand they way she looks, she looks like cr@p IMO. A friend of mine in the movie scene in LA told me that Cher can’t get an acting job as she’s had so much work on her face and uses so much botox that she can’t show expression anymore. She looks the same scared as she does when she’s happy.

      As far as these two people, none of us knows what the deal is. Maybe she’s crazy, maybe he’s crazy maybe they are both crazy. The only thing we know for sure is that beat the $hit out of her so that makes him a dangerous man. If that is a mug shot then we know that he’s crazy.

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  7. r0y says:

    A 56-year old dating a 74-year old? Granny gettin’ her freak on, and now that freak is in jail. It’s like Jerry Springer in our own backyard!

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    • MaryMalone says:

      For the love of god. Re-think this and consider what you are saying.

      1. Would you say a 74-year-old man having a 56-year-old woman as a girlfriend would be “getting his freak on”?

      2. What part about “beaten by her former boyfriend so severely” do you not understand?

      3. Would this be your response if she was your mother or grandmother?

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      • r0y says:

        I would say the same thing – please don’t assume I am sexist!

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        • MaryMalone says:

          r0y, you just don’t get it.

          This older woman has been beaten so severely she had to be medivacked by air to a hospital, where she is still admitted.

          This really isn’t the time, IMO, for talk about the older victim getting their freak on (by being involved with a younger man in the past) and now the freak (the ex-boyfriend who severely beat her) is in jail.

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          • r0y says:

            It’s still like Jerry Springer in our own back yard… that and “getting freak on” is not a defense of the ex-boyfriends’ actions. Not sure how you read into it that way, but oh well.

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            • MaryMalone says:

              R0y, I don’t think we are understanding each other so well today.

              Let’s give it a fresh go tomorrow morning, what do you say?

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