Sunday, January 29, 2023

Two Men Face Charges of Attempted Murder Associated with Last Week’s Albion Shooting and Ensuing Manhunt


Last Friday, December 3, 2021, Albion Ridge Road residents were asked to shelter in place after suspects in an early morning shooting fled the scene. The order remained in place for over seven hours while law enforcement searched for the suspects.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten told MendoFever that two men booked in the Mendocino County Jail that evening were involved in the shooting.

Both 29-year-old Santa Rosa man Jose Morfin Aguilara and 26-year-old Redwood Valley man Roberto Jesus Chavez Sousa face charges of attempted murder and a felony charge for conspiracy to commit a crime.

Aguilara, as per the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking logs, also faces a 20-year enhancement on using a weapon in the crime.

Chavez Sousa also has one charge specific to him, a person using a firearm during the commission of a serious felony. 

Both Aguilara and Chavez Sousa were found near the shooting scene several hours later during an area search, Captain Van Patten said. 

When asked why the men were there that early morning, Captain Van Patten explained that information was “not clearly established for public release” adding there are “still more investigations ongoing into the motive.”

Please note, information regarding these circumstances is still forthcoming and we will work to follow up so the public can understand as much of the story as possible.

Also, With due respect to the victim of the circumstances described, it must be stated that the charges contained in the booking log have not been proven in a court of law. In accordance with the legal principle of the presumption of innocence, any individual described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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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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