The following is a press released from 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:
On 12-08-2020 at about 5:36 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies overheard the Willits Police Department (WPD) get dispatched to a possible armed robbery in the 1300 block of South Main Street in Willits, California.
The radio broadcast stated there was possibly a firearm brandished and marijuana had been stolen. The suspect(s) had fled the location northbound in a black newer Toyota 4-Runner being chased by a white SUV.
Personnel from the Willits Police Department and Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office began searching for the Toyota 4-Runner.
A Lake County Investigator, who happened to be in the area, reported being behind the Toyota 4 Runner traveling north bound on North Main Street in Willits.
The Toyota 4-Runner traveled northbound on North Highway 101 when WPD Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle near MPM 64.5 on North Highway 101.
The Toyota 4-Runner stopped and Sheriff’s Deputies began giving the driver verbal commands to surrender. The driver did not cooperate and sped away from the stop at a high rate of speed, with speeds at over 100 mph.
Sheriff’s Deputies pursued but later decelerated prior to entering Laytonville, causing them to lose sight of the vehicle momentarily.
As Sheriff’s Deputies proceeded into downtown Laytonville, they found the Toyota 4-Runner had attempted to make a turn into the Park N Take It parking lot.
The Toyota was traveling at a high rate of speed when it attempted the turn and collided with a large Christmas Tree and the east side wall of the business.
Two subjects had exited the vehicle and had fled on foot according to eye-witnesses. Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded and assisted with the investigation into the traffic collision.
A Mendocino County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy and his K-9 partner “Bo” began tracking the subjects from the Toyota 4-Runner. K-9 Bo was able to track one of the subjects approximately 3 miles over numerous fences finally locating the subject near Gieger’s Market.
The subject, later identified as being Christian Izac Flores, provided law enforcement personnel with a false name.
Law Enforcement personnel noticed Flores had injuries consistent with being in a traffic collision and jumping fences.
A search of the Toyota 4-Runner by Willits PD Officers developed indicia in the name of Christian Flores along with packaged marijuana consistent with possession for sale.
Flores was arrested by WPD Officers for numerous charges and the other subject who fled from the Toyota 4-Runner remains at large.
This outstanding subject is described as being a white male adult, wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a dark colored beanie cap. The outstanding subject has a sleeve tattoo on his left arm extending down to the wrist where an image of a female holding a $100 bill with an image of a bridge exists.
Attached is a possible black & white photograph of the outstanding subject who is possibly armed with a handgun.
Anyone with information on the possible whereabouts of the outstanding subject are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center by calling 707-463-4086.