The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 07-21-2022 at 6:16 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received an agency assistance request from the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
The Sheriff’s Office was advised CHP officers had stopped a vehicle at Highway 101 at Burke Hill Road (Ukiah, California) and the vehicle had been reportedly associated with a robbery.
Shortly thereafter, CHP advised the Sheriff’s Office that three (3) black male adults fled the vehicle on foot and were possibly in possession of firearms to include assault style rifles and handguns.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Central Sector (Ukiah area) and North Sector (Willits area) immediately responded to assist as requested.
Due to the potential public safety risk, a Shelter-in-Place alert & warning (Nixle) was transmitted as several homes were in the immediate area.
Initial scene investigations developed preliminary information that a meeting had been arranged for the suspects to purchase marijuana/cannabis at a location in the 2000 block of South State Street in Ukiah, California.
During the meeting, the suspects reportedly committed an armed robbery of the marijuana/cannabis and fled in the vehicle.
The victim(s) chased after the suspects in a separate vehicle. While traveling southbound on Highway 101 the victim(s) used their vehicle to ram the suspects’ vehicle multiple times.
During this time, the suspects reportedly discharged a firearm towards the victim(s)’ vehicle at least one time.
Sometime thereafter the suspects’ vehicle exited the Burke Hill Road exit from southbound Highway 101 and stopped near the end of the off-ramp.
The suspects described as being three (3) black male adults (one having dreadlocks) fled northwest on Burke Hill Road while potentially armed with assault style rifles and handguns.
A bystander in the area said they had witnessed the suspects being picked up shortly thereafter in vehicles that fled southbound on Highway 101.
In the interest of public safety, Deputies decided to conduct a canvas of the area and homes along Burke Hill Road to ensure the suspects were still not in the area.
This canvas was completed with use of a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and ground searchers. The search was concluded after a couple of hours once Deputies were confident the suspects were not at large in the Burke Hill Road area.
As a result, the issued Shelter-in-Place alert & warning (Nixle) was cancelled.
Sheriff’s Detectives and County of Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team (COMMET) investigators are continuing investigations into this incident. This is an active investigation, and no further information is available for public release currently.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Ukiah Police Department, Willits Police Department and California Department of Fish & Wildlife for their assistance in the initial response efforts.