41-year-old Christian Ernest Beyer fled Mendocino County law enforcement on the afternoon of October 29, 2023, prompting a multi-agency manhunt and a shelter-in-place order to the residents of Hopland.
Beyer eluded capture until yesterday when he was taken into custody over sixty miles south in the Sonoma County town of Petaluma.
Petaluma Police Department Officer Matt Parnow told us Beyer maintains a “home residence” in the southern Sonoma County town. After Beyer eluded capture in Hopland, Petaluma PD was informed of the hunt by Mendocino County law enforcement. Officers located Beyer at the home yesterday and took him into custody without incident.
Officer Parnow said that his agency does not have a record of multiple contacts with Beyer.
The incident that incited the manhunt is still unclear. Initial reports indicated Beyer had possibly carjacked a vehicle or attempted to run pedestrians over with a vehicle. We have inquiries in with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office to get clarification.
What we do know is that a police officer contacted Beyers near the Hopland Antique Store along Highway 101 and immediately fled east on foot reportedly carrying a large knife. After apparently crossing the vineyards and Russian River, witnesses placed him later that afternoon on the east side of Sanel Valley. As the sunset, he disappeared while residents sheltered in place concerned he could be in their midst.
Trick-or-treating was subdued with many residents concerned Beyer could still be on the loose. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies continued to patrol the area in the 48 hours after he went missing and positioned a deputy at the Shanél Valley Academy elementary school to enhance security.