Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Ukiah Gunman Suspected of Attempted Murder Has Checkered Past of Burglary, High-Speed Pursuits, and More

Bryan Montiel Sanchez [Picture by MCSO]

20-year-old Ukiah man Bryan Montiel Sanchez has been booked into the Mendocino County Jail and charged with attempted murder for his alleged role in the nighttime, drive-by shooting that took place this Tuesday.

Within the last year and a half before the drive-by shooting, Sanchez has spent a minimum of 112 days in county prison. He has been allegedly involved in multiple criminal circumstances involving firearms, drugs, high-speed pursuits, and burglary. Sanchez has been arrested on four occasions over the last year. In most of those incidents, law enforcement says Sanchez’s crimes were committed while in the company of male juveniles.

Around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2022, the quiet of Ukiah’s Ford Street was broken when a subject hung out the window of a vehicle and fired multiple shots in the neighborhood. The following day the Ukiah Police Department would tell the public that the shooting was not random, but had an intended target of an adult female.

Sanchez is currently booked in the Mendocino County Jail awaiting official charges. 

The earliest documented criminal exploit of Sanchez’s occurred on January 5, 2021. Sanchez and Ervin James Barnett burglarized a home on the 1000 block of Ukiah’s Alice Avenue. 

Barnett would plead guilty to burglary, serve 116 days of a 300-day jail sentence, and be assigned formal-supervised probation until August 2024.

Ervin James Barnett [Mughsot from MCSO]

We know Sanchez was released from custody after his initial arrest. ​​An arrest warrant for Sanchez was issued on January 11, 2021. 

As per an MCSO press release, on February 22, 2021, a deputy conducted a traffic stop due to a traffic violation and arrested Sanchez for the outstanding warrant where he was booked in the Mendocino County Jail.

Sanchez would also plead guilty to felony burglary and serve 82 days of 240 in the Mendocino County Jail. He would be sentenced to formal-supervised probation for 36 months lasting until June 2024.

On March 15, 2021, Sanchez would be charged with felony battery with serious bodily injury against a 14-year-old. A criminal protective order would be invoked and then later rescinded after April 2, 2021, when the case would be dismissed. He was never found guilty of this crime.

On June 6, 2021, Sanchez and a 17-year-old juvenile were allegedly parked at Lake Mendocino’s South Boat Ramp when deputies approached and found multiple canisters of nitrous oxide. Both Sanchez and the juvenile provided officers with false names. After sorting out their identities, a search of the pair’s clothing and the vehicle was conducted during which the deputy found a half ounce of cocaine. Less than a gram of suspected heroin was found in the 17-year-old’s pocket. In the glovebox was a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

Sanchez was charged with presenting false information to law enforcement and the illicit use of nitrous oxide. The 17-year-old would face charges for heroin, cocaine, and firearm.

Later that summer on August 24, 2021, a vehicle pursuit took place on the dangerous roads of Mendocino’s North County along State Route 162, Highway 101, and Poonkinney Road. The suspect vehicle would exceed speeds of 100 miles/hour and pursuers would lose sight of the vehicle throughout the chase. CHP eventually caught up with the vehicle and found a 17-year-old was the driver and Bryan Sanchez sat in the passenger seat during the pursuit.

Sanchez was placed under arrest at the scene for delaying/obstructing/resisting a police officer and violation of his probation. He would plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of resisting/obstruction and serve 30 days in jail.

On September 9, 2021, MCSO deputies were conducting a probation search at a Covelo residence where they found cocaine, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia. They discovered Sanchez hiding in the bathroom and deputies arrested him on a felony arrest warrant for burglary.

Bryan Montiel Sanchez [Picture by MCSO]

And now, approximately ten months later, Sanchez is suspected of being the gunman during a drive-by shooting on the 200 block of Ford Street in Ukiah on the evening of May 24, 2022. The driver was a juvenile.

UPD identified Sanchez as the shooter on May 25 and he was placed under arrest around 4:00 p.m. that day. 

The male juvenile suspected of driving the vehicle would turn himself in to the Ukiah Police on May 25 and was booked into juvenile hall.

The Ukiah Police’s investigation into the shooting is ongoing and they are still looking for the vehicle driven at the time of the shooting and the firearm. UPD asks that anyone with information on the incident, the vehicle’s location, or anything else contact UPD Detectives at (707) 463-6262.

With due respect to the victim of these crimes unless noted, not all of the crimes Sanchez stands accused of have been adjudicated. In accordance with legal principles, he should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Previous Coverage of Ford Street Shooting

Previous Coverage of Bryan Sanchez



  1. Thank you democrats and your open border policies. I guess you prefer to compromise our safety to gain more votes.

      • It has everything to do with politics. Liberals have created an open door policy in jails and have created policy through courts to allow criminals to get lighter sentences. Fact, liberal DA’s are refusing to enforce charging criminals with crime. Liberals changed the amount of theft to $950.00, now we read nightly about smash and grabs. Liberal judge ruled it’s not against the law to be homeless, just look around Ukiah to see how that works. Many people have lost homes and buildings because of fire due to homeless. This guy should be in prison, not county jail.

      • I completely agree this guy should be locked up. But I’m tired of reading these comments about “Oh if they never let the parents in, in the first place” So what do you have to say about all the white folks committing crimes in this town? There’s been a hell of a lot. I’m sure you look on here quite often. Murders, violent rapes, heck even cops abusing their power..(raping & drugging women & even sexual harassment on a co-worker) I bet you’re real quiet on those stories. Just like you have your opinion I have mine.

    • My point is, if those policies you speak of would have never been passed, then there would be absolutely no crime correct? Zero?? All other races are angels walking this earth right? Am I right? And TS I completely agree, this felon along with all the other criminals should be locked up for a long time.

      • Why are you bringing race in? I never said anything about race. I talked about liberal policy. Look at facts, since the policies have been implemented crime has soared. Yes there would be crime, no matter what. But this guy would be in jail unable to shoot a gun in a residential area putting lives in danger. You know, the one who screams race is usually the racist.

  2. Oh just let him go now before the judge does like all the times before. Waste of tax money as the court system works now.
    Maybe an armed peaceful hard working citizen will get him during a home invasion or such and the judge can jail the legal gun owner.
    Commentor Anne who got whined at by a Karen – well my life experience of 68 years is that Mexicans/Hispanics work harder, raise god fearing families, and climb the economic ladder to prosperity more than gang bang. Too bad his type smears the Mexican/Hispanic community with outhouse dirt.
    But I agree BUILD THAT WALL on the border, pick and choose the best to come in.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
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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