Sunday, May 28, 2023

Redbearded Burglar Remains At-Large After Law Enforcement Searched Elk Area Today


The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

Surviellance Footage of the Redbearded Burglar captured while he burglarized an Elk home last night [Pictures provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

On 05-12-2021 at 9:34 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary occurring at a residence located in the 3000 block of Cameron Road in Elk, California.

The homeowner was away from the residence and noticed the presence of an unknown adult male inside the residence based upon live-time footage from a security camera (see attached black/white photographs).

Sheriff’s Deputies were responding to the residence when the homeowner reported the adult male had exited the residence.  The Deputies arrived approximately 22 minutes after the homeowner first reported the in-progress burglary.

Sheriff’s Deputies encountered the adult male outside of the residence and a short foot pursuit ensued until the adult male discharged a firearm multiple times at one of the pursuing Sheriff’s Deputies. 

The Sheriff’s Deputy returned fire and no one was injured as a result of the exchange of gunfire.

Several local law enforcement agencies responded to the “shots fired” radio call and assisted the Sheriff’s Office in a search of the area for several hours. 

The search was unsuccessful in locating the adult male.

The local law enforcement agencies consisted of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, California State Parks, California Highway Patrol, Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force, County of Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team, Mendocino County Multi-Agency SWAT team, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Bureau and the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.

Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office Investigators are conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the Officer Involved Shooting while the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the reported burglary. 

An active search in Elk is continuing on 05-13-2021, as it is believed the adult male is traveling by foot and is still considered to be armed and dangerous.

Sheriff’s Office investigators believe the adult male is the same person depicted in the color photograph (see attached) taken in early February 2021 in connection with several vandalism/burglaries of cabins in the area of Pine Ridge Road and Low Gap Road in Ukiah, California.

The adult male is also suspected of committing an eye-witnessed burglary of a residence in 4000 block of Cameron Road in Elk on 04-24-2021.

The adult male is believed to be white, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 165-180 pounds and having a red beard.

Anyone who knows the identity or whereabouts of the person depicted in the photographs are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office by calling 911 (emergency) or 707-463-4086 (non-emergency).

May be an image of one or more people, people standing and text that says 'MENDOCINO.CO ou currently know the whereabouts of this person, please call the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office by calling 9-1-1. Ifyou do not know the current whereabouts this person but have seen this person the recent past please call the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office at 707-463-4086.'

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
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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