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 10-15-2022 at about 8:30 AM, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen about a possible violation of a court order near Whitethorn, California.
Deputies learned there was a restraining order against Wade Patrick Hayes. The court order advised Hayes could not threaten or harass the reporting party in this case. The order further advised Hayes could not possess firearms or ammunition.
Deputies were told Hayes had been yelling at the bottom of the protect person’s driveway threatening to harm the person and the person’s entire family.
Deputies responded to a residence located in the 77000 block of Usal Road and contacted Hayes.
After speaking to Hayes, he was arrested for violation of the court order (273.6 PC) and criminal threats (422 PC).
Deputies established probable cause to believe there was a loaded SKS style firearm in the residence during the contact.
Deputies remained at the residence, while a search warrant was authored and presented to a Mendocino County Judge. Once the search warrant was reviewed and signed by the judge, a search of the residence was conducted.
In the residence, Deputies located an SKS firearm loaded with 10 live rounds. They further located a box of .38 special ammunition.
The additional charges of 29825(A) (Possessing a firearm in violation of a court order) and 30305 (A) PC (Possession of ammunition by prohibited person) were added.
Hayes was booked into the Mendocino County Jail to be held in lieu of $20,000.00 bail.