Monday, December 5, 2022

Spy Rock Road Vehicle Vandalism Suspect Arrested Found Sweating, Bleeding, and ‘Talking But Not Making Any Sense’


The following is a press release from the 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:

Robert Bell [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logss]

On 08-04-2021 Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatch to a location in the 3000 block of Spy Rock Road in Laytonville, California.

Deputies were advised an unknown subject had vandalized the victim’s vehicle and entered her residence without permission. 

Deputies went to the location and found a Toyota truck parked in front of the residence that had been damaged in excess of $450.00.

The victim described the suspect to include his tattoos, and stated he had entered her unlocked residence without knocking. The victim was able to get the suspect out of the residence and a neighbor chased him off her property.

The neighbor identified the suspect as Robert Bell who lived in the area. The victim advised the suspect had bleeding cuts on his hand caused by the vandalism to the truck. Deputies noticed blood inside and outside the truck and residence.  

Deputies learned Bell was on formal probation and they spoke to his probation officer.  Deputies went looking for Bell and learned from a neighbor that Bell was seen earlier in the day unclothed running around while screaming. 

Deputies located Bell in the 3000 block of Spy Rock Road with two fresh cuts on his hand. Bell was acting strangely, sweating profusely, wearing the same clothing described by the victim, and was talking but not making any sense. 

Bell was placed under arrest without incident for felony vandalism (594 PC) and violation of probation (1203.2 PC). 

Bell was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the above charges and he was to be held on a No Bail status.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. 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 if you know a story that needs to be told.

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