The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On September 06, 2021 at approximately 1:31 p.m., Officers of the Fort Bragg Police Department
were dispatched to a local residence for reports of a vehicle that had been stolen moments ago.
Dispatch provided additional information that the suspect (later identified to be Arthur Montero) had
threatened the victim with a chainsaw in order to obtain vehicle keys from the victim after unlawfully
entering into her home.
Officers arrived at the residence and made contact with the victim who reported Montero had stated
he was going to use the chainsaw to “chop” the victim up if his demands for vehicle keys was not
met. Montero was then reported in attempting to start the chainsaw several times until the victim
advised him where the keys were. Officers also learned the vehicle that had been taken was a green
in color Ford F250 pickup truck and was last seen driving in the area of Simpson Lane at a high rate
of speed. Officer relayed information to allied agencies which included Mendocino County Sheriff’s
Office and California Highway Patrol.
Montero was later located on Simpson Lane and a traffic enforcement stop was initiated by allied
agencies near Speedway Express Gas Station (located at 18475 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg). Montero
was detained without incident and Fort Bragg Police Officers took Montero into custody. The victim
was reunited with her vehicle which had not sustained any damages in regards to this incident.
Montero was transported to Mendocino County Jail for the following charges: possession of stolen
vehicle, criminal threats, robbery, burglary and possession of stolen property.
The Fort Bragg Police Department would like to commend our allied agencies for their quick
response in assisting with the apprehension of Montero.
Questions regarding this press release may be forwarded to Officer Anthony Welter at 707-961-2800
ext. 168 or email@example.com.