Friday, December 9, 2022

Fort Bragg Man Accused of Gas Station Robbery—Allegedly Demanded to be Cited and Released Upon Arrest

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:

Naithan Norton [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On June 30, 2022 at approximately 8:27 P.M., Sergeant Shaw and Officer Frank of the Fort Bragg Police Department were dispatched to 1004 S. Main Street, Arco Gas, for the report of a robbery that just occurred. The suspect had reportedly fled the location. Officers responded and arrived in the area within three minutes of receiving the call.

During the investigation, it was determined the suspect, later identified as Naithan Norton of Fort Bragg, had entered Arco Gas and approached the cashier. Norton demanded money from the register, gesturing as if he was in possession of a firearm. After being provided with the money, Norton fled the location on foot.

At approximately 8:31 P.M., Officer Frank located Norton approximately two blocks away from the scene. Norton was being restrained by two employees of Arco Gas and Officer Frank took him into custody without incident.

At the time of his detention, the money, which was taken from the Arco Gas station, was located across the street hidden in a bush. A search of Norton’s property revealed drug paraphernalia and controlled substances. After being booked at the Police Department, Norton began to delay officers by kicking the patrol car doors and demanding to be cited and released.

Norton was transported to the Mendocino County Jail for violation of 211 of the California Penal Code (Robbery), 11377(A) of the Health and safety code (possession of controlled substance), 11364(A) of the Health and Safety code (possession of drug paraphernalia), and 148(A)(1) of the California Penal Code (resisting and or delaying).

No one sustained physical injury during this incident. No firearm was located.

If you have any further information on this incident, please contact Sergeant Shaw at (707) 961-2800 ext. 181. Anonymous information can be left on the Crime Tip Hotline at (707) 961-3049.



  1. Damn. He was my best friend when we were little kids. I thought he was doing alright when I saw him a few months ago. I feel for his mama…she’s the sweetest lady I know.

  2. Demanded to be Cited and Released Upon Arrest

    Well was He? Bail? How much? Later released under own recognizance after bail could not be met? Did the revolving door get stuck and infringe on his rights?

    The article fails to answer.

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