Sunday, February 5, 2023

[UPDATE: In Custody]Police Pursuit Moves into Mendocino and Lake Counties After Possible Armed Robbery in Garberville

[Stock photo by Matt LaFever]

Law enforcement in Mendocino, Humboldt, and Lake Counties are working collectively this morning to track down a gray Dodge Charger associated with an armed robbery that occurred around 10:00 a.m. in the southern Humboldt County town of Garberville.

The latest information about the pursuit indicates the suspect made its way through the north/south, inland Mendo corridor and has cut east into Lake County. The latest scanner traffic suggests the Charger actually hit another vehicle near Kits Corner in Lake County and left speeding south on State Route 29 towards Clearlake.

Scanner traffic over the last hour and a half has portrayed multiple agencies working together to watch roadways and keep tabs on potential evasion routes.

A tweet from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office indicates the armed robbery took place in the area of Sawmill Road near Garberville and the suspect then fled in the direction of Piercy in a gray Dodge Charger with possible front-end damage. The public was warned that if they see the vehicle, do not approach it.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: The suspect vehicle is currently in the area of Highway 53 going north toward Lakeshore Boulevard. Two CHP air units have been dispatched to the area to assist in the pursuit.

UPDATE 12:20 p.m. The vehicle pursuit has become a foot bail after the suspect vehicle collided with a big rig along Highway 20 near the intersection with Old Long Valley Road in Colusa County. Reports indicate that two black male adults wearing white shirts and blues jeans subsequently fled the area seemingly carrying items as they fled.

UPDATE 12:37 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates law enforcement has taken both suspects into custody after tracking them down on foot along Highway 20 where they had fled.

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.



  1. These people are missing a few fries from their happy meal. They commit an armed Robbery in a location with few exits for a non-4X4 vehicle. Then they run to a location with fewer exits and drive for long enough to allow an helicopter to catch up to them. Just a matter of time and for what a few thousand dollars at most? Why not just walk in to a bank with a note stating this is an armed robbery hand it to the teller, get the money and then walk into the parking lot and sit down and wait? Much more logical to work and enjoy life.

    • This was like one of those shows almost got away….but those cameras I think are helping track these robbers a lot faster then anyone thought.

  2. Good work law enforcement these people think they can come up here from city and rob our little towns we have strong police forces up here good work guys

  3. At about 11:30 AM today (9/16/2022) I was driving South on hwy 101. About 1/8 of a mile North of Hopland I slowed down to 35 MPH as per the posted speed limit. I then checked my rear view mirror and saw a dark vehicle approaching me from behind at a very high rate of speed. The driver started slowing his car down but clearly to me he was going to hit me as he could not stop in time to avoid a collision. At the last instant the driver pulled off of the pavement to pass me on the right side. Now this is an area where a graded hillside. almost meets the edge of the right side of the road. The other car drove up the grade as it passed me, on the right almost rolling over into my car. As the car passed my front right fender the driver got back on the road in front of me and weaved back and forth into the oncomming traffic befor disappering around a curve into Hopland. When I came around the curve the other car was gone and people in Hopland were looking and pointing South down the main (hwy 101) road in the direction that car was heading.
    As I drove to the Sound end of town I looked to the East down the road that goes to Lake County from Hopland, way off in the distance I think I saw the car going East to Lake County on that road.
    All of this happened with this other car traveling at very high speed with little time for me to react.

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