Sunday, January 29, 2023

Willits Shooting, Pursuit, and Subsequent Manhunt Nets Five Suspects, Says CHP

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:

(From Left to Right) Dan Judd, John Raphael Brown, Dialan Blanchard, Lazente Dondreze Wallace, Jaqaveious Jashune Collins [All mugshots provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 08/05/2022, at approximately 2056 hours, CHP was notified of a shooting victim in the area of US 101 and West Rd, The victim’s Ford Expedition was struck by gunfire and disabled. The victim was not injured and reported that 3 subjects ran from his vehicle after the shooting. It was determined that the victim and the occupants, along with a Cadillac Escalade, had been at a location in Willits prior to the shooting. An altercation ensued and the two vehicles fled the location and were followed by several other vehicles. One of the occupants of a pursuing vehicle discharged a firearm, The Expedition was then struck by gunfire and became disabled, blocking the number 2 lane of US 101, southbound. The victim remained with the vehicle while the three occupants fled in a westbound direction. The Escalade also fled the area. The Escalade was later located in Hopland on a tow truck. Two subjects (Wallace and Blanchard) associated with the Escalade were located and found to each be in possession of a handgun. They were also found to be in possession of a large amount of processed marijuana and US currency. The three subjects who fled the Expedition were later located in the area of Uva Drive, The three subjects (Collins, Judd and Brown) were transported to the CHP office for questioning. All 5 subjects were arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail, in Ukiah, Fortụnately nobody was struck by gunfire. CHP is currently working with the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office to identify the shooting suspect. The investigation is ongoing and several leads are being pursued. Any information is regards to this incident can be directed to the Ukiah CHP Office at (707) 467-4420.


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  1. Who in Mendocino County is the one responsible for setting the bail amounts? These guys are committing armed robbery and firing at people and vehicles. Two of them had a $25,000 bail meaning they made bail with only $2500 and the other three only had $15000 and bail out for $1500. They were armed and dangerous and we are lucky nobody got killed. Set the damn bail at $250,000.00 so they would have had to cough up $25,000.00 to bail out. They would still be in jail instead of being out on the streets pulling the same crap.

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