Wednesday, December 6, 2023

[UPDATED W/VIDEO]Fort Bragg Man Arrested After Altercation Leads to Pepper Spraying


This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

In this video submitted by Mendocino Coast resident Ryan Genaro, he sits inside the cab of his truck while a man outside of the vehicle sprays his window with pepper spray. Towards the end of the video, you can see the spray aerosolized around Genaro’s face.

On 07-27-2020 at around 4:34 PM, Mendocino County Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to an in-progress physical fight occurring behind a business in the 17000 block of North Highway 1 in Fort Bragg, California. 

While Deputies were responding, they were advised that the involved parties had stopped fighting, one of them had been pepper sprayed and was leaving the area. 

Deputies arrived and contacted a 30 year-old male who is an employee of the business.  Deputies learned Jeffrey Thomas Wright had been causing a disturbance at the business and he accosted the adult male as he moving trucks. 

The adult male yelled for Wright to leave him alone and Wright continued to scream at him.  Wright got onto his bicycle and started to leave when he then pulled out a canister of pepper spray and began spraying the exterior of the adult male’s work truck. 

Wright moved to the dRiver’s door and pulled it open and sprayed pepper spray at the interior of the vehicle and the adult male’s face.   The adult male was able to take away the pepper spray canister from Wright and sprayed Wright with it.

A Fort Bragg Police Sergeant arrived and began checking the area for Wright.  The Sergeant located Wright in the back yard of a residence in the 32000 block of Boice Lane. 

Deputies arrived and Wright was arrested without incident for 22810 PC (Unlawful Use of Tear Gas Weapon).  Wright was provided first aid for the pepper spray exposure and subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

In accordance with the COVID-19 emergency order issued by the State of California Judicial Council, bail was set at zero dollars and Wright was released after the jail booking process.

Please visit the following link to hear Sheriff Matthew C. Kendall provide a Public Safety Message on the current COVID-19 emergency order related to zero bail:


In this video submitted by Mendocino Coast resident Ryan Genaro, he pans the camera over the exterior of his truck after another man attacked him with pepper spray. It is clear there was a large amount of the liquid released from the canister covering both the window and quarter panel of the vehicle.

The image of Jeffrey Thomas Wright is from the Mendocino County Sheriff Booking Logs

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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