Ukiah Police Department Lieutenant Andrew Phillips told us that last night’s armed robbery on Talmage Road was disrupted when the victim confronted the suspect. The robbery suspect, 30-year-old Marco Fermin Garcia, then retaliated threatening the resident with a knife and a pair of bolt cutters after which the resident retreated. UPD officers arrived on the scene and detained Fermin-Garcia without incident.
Initially, UPD officers were informed a burglary was in progress at a residence on the 600 block of Talmage Road after Lieutenant Phillips said the resident found Fermin “exiting his garage with a pair of tires.” The resident has reportedly “been the victim of several burglaries within the past month”, Lieutenant Phillips told us, hence the reason he armed himself with a crowbar.
Upon seeing Fermin-Garcia making off with the tires, the resident attempted to disrupt, “but Fermin advanced toward him while waving a set of bolt cutters and a knife at the victim.” As Fermin-Garcia advanced, “The victim retreated and in the process fell to the ground”, Lieutenant Phillips explained.
Officers arrived and detained Fermin-Garcia and successfully recovered and returned the tires to the victim. As UPD officers were processing the scene, a methamphetamine pipe was found in Fermin-Garcia’s possession. The victim was treated for abrasions by medical personnel as a result of his fall.
Fermin-Garcia was booked for felony robbery, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, possession of burglary tools, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
It must be stated that the charges described 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.