Saturday, November 26, 2022

Armed Cannabis Robbery, Highway Violence Proceded Yesterday’s Manhunt South of Ukiah—Suspects Remain At Large

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:


Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies canvassing for the suspects during yesterday’s manhunt [Picture provided by a resident]

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.


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14 COMMENTS

    • 🤣🤣….what the hell does this have to do with the president of the United States? People of all colors & classes have been committing crimes since the dawn of mankind! It will continue to be so even when your guy is in office

  1. The cops around here are a joke. Everybody gets away with everything. Unless you’re an idiot and sit around and wait for the cops to show up.

  2. Why the MCSO make arrests on the subjects selling the marijuana illegally and then using their vehicle as a weapons, hi rates of speed, smashing their car into other cars, jeopardizing everyone’s life on the HWY? What a joke this place has become. Not the place to raise a family. The Board if Supervisors read this and all their upset about is not getting those taxes on the 2,000 stollen marijuana. The Board is advertising for people to come here for the marijuana. One supervisor, Ted Williams, took a lengthy trip on our tax dollars to all the dispensaries from her to the Mexico boarder doing his own study inquiring if the BOS could market our county name, Mendocino, and make money for its high quality marijuana it’s been know for since the 60’s. Now the BOS has spent millions to create an entire marijuana department to try and get people to come here and grow and sell so the BOS can get more tax money. It hasn’t worked out though because 98% of the marijuana sold is tax free on the black market. So, us tax payers have ended up being taxed to death in this county to fund the BOS’s marijuana pipe dream. What are they going to do when the hardworking taxpayers find a better quality of life for their families in other less taxed and safer communities? They don’t seem to notice the thousands of taxpayers moving out of here every year but one day they will. They cater to all of the non taxpaying degreased with our hard earned money and more and more problem people come to our county. Tax payers are fed up with the BOS handling of our county and our tax dollars WE give them. It seems to be a constant big finger from the BOS to the hardworking people of this county. Watch how many new or increased taxes they put on the ballot. Look at your next property tax bill. $1,300.were added to my property taxes for the UUSD Bond they pushed. That will be on my property forthe next thirty plus years. They added two more bonds for fire on my property taxes. There’s a Mendocino College bond on my property taxes. Now the BOS want to add a water bond, another fire tax, and increase our sales tax again.

    • Not many places are safer than Mendocino County in reality.
      Supervisors are voted into office so apparently most voters approve of what they are doing.
      I’m not one who approves actually. I think they blew our county’s chance of making money in the Cannabusiness by not opening up opportunities much much sooner. It’s too late now to recover.

    • Goodbye! I love to hear these threats of “I’m gonna leave next time! but SERIOUSLY guys, next time I’m outta here!”.

  3. The criminals are well armed regardless of the states well intentioned gun control. I would rather have the option to protect myself with weapons of equal ability.

  4. Matt, I noticed that there are two comments missing. One is mine in reply to another commenter. If I’ve offended you please accept my sincere apology.

      • @Matt,
        Ohhhh, the comment I replied to that got deleted was just another commenter wondering what the status of the event was, as was I.

        There was zero racist content. That’s why I thought I might have offended you.

        😊 Hope you have a blessed day….

  5. So each man had an AK47 huh. According to who exactly?
    Incredibly unlikely that they had multiple AK47 rifles. Cops love to embellish stories as do witness. Furthermore most witnesses call just about any modern looking rifle an AK47.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
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 matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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