This is a press release from the Fort Bragg Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On October 1, 2020, an Officer of the Fort Bragg Police Department observed a suspicious male appearing to check parked vehicles in the parking lot of Purity Market. Officers attempted to contact the male but he fled the location on a bicycle.
A Community Service Officer observed the suspect a second time as he abandoned his bicycle and fled on foot in the 300 Block of E Alder Street. The Community Service Officer lost sight of the suspect prior to Officer’s arrival, and it was believed he had entered a residence in that area. Over approximately the next ten minutes the suspect moved through the backyards of private residences and multiple citizens began to report the suspect’s location.
Officers located the suspect a third time in the alley east of the 100 Block of N Harrison Street and identified him as Shalom Lewis. Knowing Lewis to have absconded from his California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole and to have a felony warrant, Officers pursued the suspect on foot for two blocks before he was apprehended in the back yard of a private residence. Lewis was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Mendocino County Jail.
The Fort Bragg Police Department would like to thank the Mendocino County Probation Office, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, and District Attorney’s Office Investigator who responded to assist in this pursuit. Additionally, thank you to the multiple citizens who assisted in identifying the suspect’s location.