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Mendocino Sheriff K9 Takes Down the Redbearded Burglar


The following is a press release issued by 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:

William Evers after being arrested this afternoon [Photograph provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

On 11-03-2021 at 9:16 AM a resident arrived at their home located in the 29000 block of Albion Ridge Road in Albion, California.

Upon arrival the resident noticed the presence of a person crouched down beside an outbuilding near their residence.  The person, matching the physical description of William Evers, ran off into the wooded terrain prompting a telephone call to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Deputies responded and searched the area during the morning and late afternoon hours.  During the late afternoon hours, Sheriff’s Deputies encountered William Evers from a distance and he was able to successful elude apprehension because of the terrain.

On 11-04-2021 at 10:19 AM, three Sheriff’s Deputies returned to the wooded area where they encountered Evers the previous day.  The wooded area is part of the Salmon Creek Forest near a specific location commonly referred to as the “Doughnut Shop”.

While searching approximately 300 yards downhill from the “Doughnut Shop” two Sheriff’s Deputies encountered Evers who exited brushy terrain approximately eight feet away from them.  Evers immediately noticed the presence of the Sheriff’s Deputies and ran back into the brushy terrain from where he appeared.

The Sheriff’s Deputies chased after Evers who was approximately 30 feet away running at a fast pace through the wooded terrain.  One of the Sheriff’s Deputies was a Sheriff’s Office K9 Handler and deployed his partner “Takota” who gave chase.

Takota bit onto Evers’ backpack and he kicked the dog which caused the dog to disengage momentarily.  Takota was given verbal deployment commands and again gave chase to Evers, eventually knocking him to the ground with a bite to the lower leg.

Sheriff’s Deputies reached Evers who was attempting to stand up to resume fleeing and wrestled him back onto the ground and into handcuffs.  The foot chase lasted approximately 50 yards until Evers was restrained in handcuffs. 

Evers subsequently attempted to stand and flee while sitting on the ground in handcuffs.

Evers was eventually escorted to a nearby patrol vehicle and placed into a Wrap leg restraint system due to his history of non-compliance and assaultive behavior.

Evers was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Ukiah Station to meet with Mendocino County District Attorney Investigators, Sheriff’s Office Detectives and to be medically cleared prior to being booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

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  1. Good job MCSO. This was a very labor intensive and difficult pursuit of a wily criminal with excellent survival skills operating in rough terrain. It’s an example of why you don’t want the Sheriff worrying if he’ll be billed for budget overruns. Especially when it’s clear the budget is underfunded to begin with. The Sheriff needs to be able to allocate resources to investigate serious crimes and apprehend dangerous criminals without worrying if he’ll have to sell his house to pay for a budget overrun.

  2. I was thinking this perp was in the class of Robin Hood, But sadly he didnt give to the poor only robbed from the wealthy. Now that he has been caught, we will hear no more stories of the Red Bearded Bandit. or Triple B.


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Matt LaFever
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