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Ukiah Woman Accused of Shoplifting From Walmart and Punching Two Store Employees and a Police Officer While Trying to Getaway


This is a press release from the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Racheal Seivertson [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

On 5/17/21 at approximately 9:36 AM, UPD officers were dispatched to a reported  assault that occurred at Wal-Mart (1155 Airport Park Blvd.). Dispatch advised the  suspect was a female, who was pushing a shopping cart and was being followed by a  witness. While the Officers were responding a second caller reported that the suspect  also stole merchandise from Wal-Mart and that the employee had been assaulted by the  suspect as well. A UPD Officer located the suspect, who was known from prior contacts  to be Racheal Seivertson, within the 1300 block of S. State Street. The witness identified  the suspect to the Officer as the person who had been involved in the incident at Wal Mart.  

The Officer attempted to detain Seivertson, but she refused to comply with his verbal  commands and kept walking away. The Officer attempted to physically detain her and  she punched the Officer in the face with a closed fist. Seivertson was placed on the  ground and detained without further incident. The Officer was not injured. 

An investigation into the incident commenced and it was learned Seivertson gathered a  shopping cart full of miscellaneous merchandise and attempted to exit the store after  passing all points of sale. A female Wal-Mart loss prevention employee contacted her in  the vestibule and tried to stop her from leaving the store with the stolen merchandise.  Seivertson punched the employee in the face and attempted to exit the store, with the  merchandise. A second, elderly female Wal-Mart employee also attempted to prevent  Seivertson from exiting the store. Seivertson punched the elderly female in the face as  well. Seivertson then exited the store with the stolen merchandise. An alert citizen  observed the incident, telephoned UPD and followed Seivertson until she was contacted  by the Officer.  

The first female victim complained of pain and later sought medical treatment at UVAH.  The elderly female victim suffered a visible injury to her face, as a result of being  punched by Seivertson. Seivertson was positively identified by the victims and was placed under arrest for the aforementioned violations. The estimated total value of the  stolen merchandise was $161.00. The merchandise was released to Wal-Mart.  

Seivertson was booked at the MCSO Jail and was held on $150,00.00 bail. 

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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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