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 March 11, 2022, The Fort Bragg Police Department received information of a gang related graffiti that had just occurred in the 400 Block of S. Whipple Street in Fort Bragg. Officer Frank initiated an investigation and through various investigative methods identified two suspects, Pedro Guzman Martinez, and Angel Echeverria. During their investigation, officers were also able to determine both subjects were documented gang members. Guzman-Martinez being a documented gang member out of Mendocino County, and Echeverria being a documented gang member out of Sonoma County.
On March 29, 2022, Officers of the Fort Bragg Police Department, Mendocino County Probation Office, and California Highway Patrol served search warrants at three locations in relation to their investigation. During these searches, officers located spray paint, several items of gang related indicia, as well as a stolen firearm from Ukiah CA.
Subsequent to these searches, Guzman-Martinez was arrested for conspiracy to commit a crime, and felony vandalism. Echeverria was arrested for carrying loaded firearm in public while a restricted person, carrying a loaded stolen handgun, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime, and felony vandalism. Both subjects were transported to the Mendocino County Jail.
The Fort Bragg Police Department wants to remind the public to report any suspicious activity they may observe utilizing the available non-emergency number (707)964-0200. As always in cases of and emergency, please utilize 911. The department would also like to thank the public and its allied agencies for their assistance during this investigation.
If you have further information regarding this incident, or other gang related activity please contact Sergeant Joseph Shaw at 707-961-2800 ext. 181 or email@example.com.