The following is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 11-06-2020 at 3:27 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an attempted robbery at a residence located in the 4000 block of Cahto Peak Road in Laytonville, California.
While Deputies were responding they noticed an Adult Male parked along the 31000 block of Highway 101 (area known as Ryan Creek) which was located between Willits and Laytonville.
The Deputies contacted the Adult Male who was waving at them in an attempt to get them to stop.
Upon contact the Deputies learned the Adult Male was the reported victim of an attempted robbery of his marijuana/cannabis at the Cahto Peak Road residence.
The Adult Male reported after the attempted robbery, he engaged in a vehicle pursuit of the suspect vehicle (Silver Chevrolet Suburban) until it became disabled because of a damaged tire.
When the suspect vehicle stopped in the 31000 block of Highway 101, the suspects shot at the reported victim one time from an unknown type of firearm.
The suspects were described as possibly being two (2) Black Male Adults and one (1) Hispanic Male Adult.
Deputies began to establish a search perimeter and search in the vicinity of the suspect’s disabled vehicle in hopes of finding the individuals.
During the search efforts assistance was provided by the California Highway Patrol, Willits Police Department, Ukiah Police Department, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Mendocino County Multi-Agency SWAT Team and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit.
During the search, a property owner in the area reported seeing possibly three (3) Black Male Adults and one (1) Hispanic Male Adult running westbound through their property.
A several hour search of the area was unsuccessful in locating the described suspects.
Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene and are actively conducting follow-up investigations into the reported attempted robbery.
Anyone with information that might assist Sheriff’s Detectives are urged to contacted the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100 or the WeTip anonymous crime reporting hotline by calling 800-782-7463.