Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Fort Bragg Man Reportedly Robbed Willits Bank, Fled on Foot, and Later Admitted to Crime, Says WPD


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

Jonathan Sales [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Booking Logs]
Jonathan Sales [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On February 16th, 2022 at about 2:40pm, Willits Police Department (WPD) Officers were dispatched to the Chase Bank (234 S Main St) for a reported robbery in progress. A description of the male suspect was broadcast and he was last seen fleeing the bank on foot. An undisclosed amount of money was taken. No weapon was observed, but the bank employee, in fear for their safety when the money was demanded, handed over cash from her drawer. 

Upon WPD Officers’ arrival at the bank, they heard a Mendocino County Sheriff’s  Office (MCSO) Deputy request immediate assistance about a block from the bank as he was out with a subject, later identified as Jonathan Sales. Sales matched the robbery suspect’s description. When the Deputy made contact with the suspect,  Sales assaulted the Deputy who deployed his Taser. Sales was subsequently handcuffed and detained. 

During the course of the investigation, bank employees positively identified Sales as the suspect. Video surveillance and additional eyewitnesses confirmed Sales was indeed the bank robbery suspect. The amount of money taken from the bank was located on salesperson. Sales, after being provided with a Miranda Advisement,  provided incriminating statements as well. 

Sales was medically cleared prior to being transported and booked in the county jail for violation of 211 PC (Robbery). 

The Willits Police Department would like to thank the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, the bank employees and the witnesses from the community for their valuable assistance in this case.



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    Covid left me bankrupt
    Give me all the cash now
    If you throw in a dye pack you will die right now
    Socially distant
    Six feet under the ground

    To be sung wearing a Viking war helmet

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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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