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Man Arrested in Ukiah After Deputies Discover Him Hiding Under a Blanket—Woman Accused of Harboring

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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 11-10-2022 at approximately 10:58 PM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were conducting proactive patrols in the 300 block of Brush Street in Ukiah, California.

While patrolling, a Deputy observed a suspicious parked vehicle and contacted the driver who identified herself as Odessa Oneil.  While speaking to Oneil the Deputy observed a large blanket in the backseat of the vehicle which moved slightly.  The Deputy asked Oneil if someone was underneath the blanket and she denied there was.

The Deputy fearing for his safety asked Oneil to remove the blanket at which point Oneil hesitated and moved the blanket reluctantly, only moving a very small portion.  It was obvious to the Deputy that Oneil was trying to conceal a subject in the backseat, and she continued to deny anyone hiding in the backseat.

After several minutes, Oneil finally unlocked the door to the vehicle and the Deputy contacted the passenger who was underneath the blanket. 

Both Oneil and the passenger provided the Deputy with a false name of the passenger.  Upon further investigation the Deputy determined the true name of the passenger was Lee Long who had an active Felony PRCS warrant and was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) with numerous terms.

A search of Long and his property yielded a can of pepper spray. 

Long was arrested for the Felony Warrant for PRCS 3455 PC, new 3455 PC Violation of PRCS, 22810(A) PC (Unlawful Possession of Pepper Spray by a Prohibited Person), and 529(A)(3) PC (Falsely Personates Another).

Oneil was arrested for 148(A)(1) PC (Delaying Obstructing or Resisting a Peace Officer During the Performance of his Duties) and Harboring, Aiding or Concealing a Subject Wanted for a Felony.

Long and Oneil were subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where Long was to be held in lieu of No Bail due to the PRCS violation and Oneil was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

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