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Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Details the Alleged Crimes that Led to the Hopland Manhunt

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The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. This has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


A CHP officer patrolling the Russian River Bridge in the middle of the Hopland Valley [Picture by Matt LaFever]

On 10-30-2023 at 3:39 P.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputies were dispatched to a brandishing of a knife in the El Dorado subdivision on Vista Verde Drive in Ukiah, California.

MCSO Dispatch advised the subject who brandished the knife left the area in a red, Lexus with Texas plates. Personnel from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Ukiah Police Department (UPD) all began looking for the vehicle.

Deputies contacted two victim’s in the El Dorado subdivision and learned the suspect’s (Christian Beyer) vehicle had been parked in the area for the past several days.

Christian Beyer [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

Through the course of their investigation, Deputies learned Beyer was confronted about moving his vehicle and Beyer was in possession of a small knife, with a two (2) inch blade.

Beyer stepped towards the first victim with the knife as the victim stepped back. Beyer then got into his vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed towards Ridgeview Drive.

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Beyer completed a U-turn in the vehicle and accelerated back towards the victim as the vehicle Beyer was driving crossed to the wrong side of the road, as the victim ran up a small embankment near some trees to avoid being intentionally hit by Beyer.

Deputies contacted the second victim and learned they were standing with the first victim, when Beyer left in his vehicle and Beyer turned around and drove towards the victims who were in fear for their lives. Beyer subsequently left the area in his vehicle.

As Deputies were speaking to the victims, they learned a UPD officer located Beyer in Hopland, California (approximately 16 miles south of Ukiah).

Deputies with assistance from the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, UPD, and CHP responded to Hopland as Beyer was last seen running through a vineyard East of town.

A large perimeter was set up with assistance from a CHP fixed wing aircraft and Beyer was able to avoid capture as he was last seen carrying a large knife type object.

As a result of the Deputies investigation, they developed probable cause to believe Beyer committed the following crimes; 245(a)(1) PC (Assault with Deadly Weapon Other than a Firearm), 417(a)(1) PC (Brandishing or Exhibiting any Weapon Other than a Firearm), and 148(a)(1) PC (Resist/Delay/Obstruction).

Through MCSO Dispatch, Deputies issued an 836 PC stop and hold for Beyer’s arrest.

On 11-01-2023, at 2:00 P.M., MCSO personnel learned Beyer was arrested in Petaluma (California) by the Petaluma Police Department.

Beyer was located/arrested at a family member’s residence on an unrelated Federal warrant. The charges stemming from the incident in Mendocino County will be filed with the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

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The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Ukiah Police Department, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force, Petaluma Police Department, and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. It seems if you live in El Dorado you get every cop in the county looking for who ever did you wrong. All he did was pull out a little knife. Hate to say it but it seems quite obvious what type of people get any kind of justice around here. As for the majority of the community, don’t hold your breath waiting for cops to do anything for you.

    • Anyone in a neighborhood will notice someone who’s not normally there, especially if they’re acting crazy pacing around. I saw a masked individual, the day after Halloween, carrying a bag alone on a rural road in Redwood Valley. I almost called the cops, then let it go. Was is a lost kid? A drugged out trick or treater? A crazy? I don’t know, but it’s ok to notice shit.

      Furthermore I do feel bad for this guy. The military fucked him up and now won’t take credit for him. Now elderly citizens with common sense are the enemy? No. The military industrial complex is the enemy, and as long as we’re fighting over how to clean up their mess we won’t ask them to clean it up themselves. Veteran services in Northern California sucks. I say that as the daughter of a vet who spends a lot of her time commuting to SF for my father’s treatments. If my dad didn’t have family keeping tabs on him, he would be just like this guy. No joke.

      Make the military take care of their veterans!!

    • Ever face a potential knifing? Did you read the article? The suspect made an attempt to run over two people, clearly attempted murder. I dare to say Empire Gardens, Oak Manor get more than their share of law enforcement attention. You clearly have a specific agenda to project so why don’t you get a job with CNN so you can exercise your proclivity for slanted views?

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