Saturday, September 23, 2023

[UPDATE: Shelter in Place Lifted]Manhunt on Burke Hill Road South of Ukiah for Reported Armed Robbery Suspects

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]
This situation is extremely fast changing. What we report now, could change at a moment’s notice

What began as reports of highway violence on Highway 101 southbound has escalated to a full-blown police manhunt.

Around 6:00 p.m. this evening, multiple reporting parties described a black truck and black sedan smashing into each other on Highway 101 near Ukiah at high speeds.

Around 6:30 p.m., CHP reportedly pulled over a vehicle occupied by three black male adults on the Burke Hill Road exit south of Ukiah. There were reports the men were armed with AK-47s before fleeing on foot.

Law enforcement has amassed on the exit and is actively canvassing looking for the suspects. A drone is being used to surveil the area.

Three vehicles are associated with this incident at this point described a black honda, a black truck, and either a U-Haul trailer or a U-Haul Box truck.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has issued a shelter in place for residents and asked the general public to avoid the area.

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UPDATE 7:25 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates law enforcement will begin clearing buildings in the area in search of the suspects.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies canvassing for the suspects who reportedly fled on foot possibly armed with AK-47s [Picture provided by a resident]

UPDATE 7:43 p.m.: A resident in the area told us that helicopters have now joined the manhunt flying over the search area.

UPDATE 7:55 p.m.: Scanner traffic between officers actively searching the area indicates they are clearing properties in the area, combing the vineyards and vegetation for any sign of the suspects.

We spoke with a Mendocino County woman who was driving on Highway 101 South in the area of Burke Hill Road and watched a “bluish/gray van/sedan” running from a black truck that was smashing into it at high speeds. She called 911, as did several others as per the dispatcher at the time of the highway violence. She told us that both vehicles had major damage on the driver and passenger sides. She witnessed the “bluish/gray van/sedan” take the Burke Hill exit, where the ongoing manhunt began.

UPDATE 10:01 p.m.: The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office announced that the shelter in place order has been lifted. Residents of the Burke Hill area should note that law enforcement will remain in the area until further notice.

UPDATE 12:51 p.m.: The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release this afternoon providing an overview of the circumstances that led to yesterday’s manhunt and the whereabouts of the suspects:

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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  1. 😆 Ukiah guy, I was wondering the same thing. I checked the booking log, nothing out of the ordinary there. I guess we can only imagine the ending to this news report. Is it safe to walk your dog on Burke Hill Road? Idk. Those guys with their AK’s could be anywhere by now…. but like I said….they don’t appear to be in jail.

  2. I live off Burke hill, they were searching all the vineyards , there was no helicopter. Just lots of cops from all agencies. EVERYWHERE!!!! How many were there and did they catch Em all?

  3. I thank the police department for being so efficient, we live in Burke hill Rd, and we were informed of all the commotion we have the goodneiborhood watch, everyone is alert of our suroundings.

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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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