The following is a press released from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
On 10-20-2020 at about 3:46 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery in the 25000 block of String Creek Road in Willits, California.
Deputies arrived at the location and contacted the three adult male victims. Deputies learned all three adult male victims were involved in a marijuana cultivation operation at the location.
Shortly before the victim’s called 911 to report the robbery, all three victims were asleep on separate parts of the property.
Two of the adult male victims were awoken by six (6) adult males each armed with a firearm. The six (6) suspects were reported to be wearing all black colored clothing and black colored masks.
The suspects assaulted the two adult male victims by punching and striking them in the head with the firearms. One suspect tied two victims hands behind their backs and forced them to walk to a barn on the property.
The suspects stole approximately 10 to 15 pounds of bud marijuana from the barn on the property then secured the two adult male victims in the barn and fled the area on foot.
One of the adult male victims freed himself from his restraints and contacted the third adult male victim who was asleep in the main residence of the property. The Sheriff’s Office was then immediately contacted via 911.
Deputies conducted a search of the property and located evidence to suggest the suspects entered the property from the southwest wooded area of the property and fled the same direction.
Deputies did not locate any of the suspects in the area and the case is under investigation.
Anyone with information that might assist investigators is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100 or the WeTip anonymous crime reporting hotline at (800) 782-7463.