On June 28, 2019, Aaron Noia, his girlfriend, and another couple were camping off of Mormon Emigrant Trail. After consuming a significant amount of alcohol, Noia flew into a jealous rage when his girlfriend returned from a walk with a bouquet of wildflowers that he suspected came from another man. He accused his girlfriend of cheating on him, then physically threw her to the ground. When the other couple tried to step in, he raised a hammer over his head in a menacing manner, threatening to "cut their throats" and kill them. With the couple's intervention, his girlfriend was able to escape him and all three victims fled the campsite in fear for their safety and called the police. While they were away, Noia vandalized his girlfriend's car.
At the time of the incident, Noia was on two grants of misdemeanor probation for domestic violence against the same girlfriend.
On July 30, 2019, Noia admitted he violated his probation and pled guilty to multiple charges including Criminal Threats, in violation of Penal Code section 422; Corporal Injury on a Domestic Partner with a Prior Conviction, in violation of Penal Code section 273.5(f); Disobeying a Court Order, in violation on Penal Code section 166; and admitted Use of a Deadly Weapon, in violation of Penal Code section 12022(b)(1). Sentencing will take place on September 10, 2019, in front of the Honorable Mark Ralphs. Aaron Noia will be sentenced to four years in state prison.
This case was investigated by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Lydia B. Stuart.