Saturday, September 23, 2023

[UPDATE]Police Converged on Laytonville Last Night to Calm a Hostile Crowd Accusing a Man of Sex Crimes Against a Minor

[Stock image by Matt LaFever]

An altercation involving at least 20 people at Laytonville High School this past evening prompted an emergency law enforcement response. 

Reports from the scene indicated a crowd of adults and teenagers had gathered to confront a Laytonville man with accusations that he had committed sexual crimes against a young community member and told him they would hold him there until law enforcement arrived.

The man reportedly began to make suicidal statements after being confronted with the unproven allegations and attempted to flee the area. The crowd intervened and kept him detained until law enforcement arrived on the scene. 

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and Fish and Wildlife deployed to the situation with full lights and sirens. Upon arrival, officers quickly calmed the crowd and as of 11:09 p.m. are processing the scene and taking statements.

UPDATE 7/9/2023 10:21 a.m.: According to information provided by multiple members of the Laytonville community, the incident took place at the local elementary school, not at the high school as originally reported.

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  1. At least they kept the peace, who do you believe. Cain Velasquez UFC tried to get life chasing his families predator around town shooting at them. Look Cain molest everybody in the cage. Why touch a child inappropriately though. The doctor touches little kids privates with permission. This nutty place.

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