Thursday, December 7, 2023

Fort Bragg Motorcyclist Captured After Fleeing Police; Found to Be in Possession of Brass Knuckles & Switch Blade


The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police DepartmentThe information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Devin Tompkins [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

On November 21, 2020 at approximately 11:43 P.M., an Officer with the Fort Bragg Police Department was completing a call for service at the Adventist Mendocino Coast Hospital when he observed a yellow off road motorcycle operating on the roadway without proper lighting. While checking the area the Officer located the motorcyclist in the 300 block of South Street. Upon viewing the Officer the motorcyclist fled and a brief pursuit ensued. The pursuit concluded in the 400 of Cypress Street where the motorcyclist, identified as Devin Tompkins of Fort Bragg, was taken into custody without further incident.

Subsequent to his arrest a search of his person revealed Tompkins was in possession of drug paraphernalia, brass knuckles, and a switch blade knife. He was transported to the booking facility at the Fort Bragg Police Department where he was booked for evading police, reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of brass knuckles, and possession of a switch blade knife. Tompkins was then transported to the Mendocino County Jail.

Over the past two months the Fort Bragg Police Department has received numerous reports of motorcyclists riding recklessly within the city limits. On two occasions the Fort Bragg Police Department attempted stops on motorcyclists who fled and eluded Officers. At this time it is believed Tompkins may have been one of those subjects.

If you have information related to this investigation please contact Officer Anthony Melendez at (707) 961-2800 ext.169 or amelendez@fortbragg.com .

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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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