20-Year-Old Woman Once Again Wanted in Connection With Violent Case
The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office is searching for twenty-year-old Layla Strnad of the Smith River area in connection with an assault and attempted robbery early this morning. This marks the second time the woman is being sought in connection with firearm related violence in the last four months.
According to a press release issued in November by the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, Strnad was wanted for attempted murder after she entered a building in Smith River and allegedly “pointed a firearm at two occupants of the residence and made death threats. Strnad then got into a silver four door sedan with three unidentified men and fired her weapon at the residence and the two occupants as the vehicle drove off.”
Strnad was eventually arrested and booked into the Del Norte County jail in January of this year.
But, now she’s being sought in connection with a second violent crime. Commander Bill Steven of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office explained that before 2 a.m. today, Strnad arranged to meet an individual in Smith River. When the individual arrived at the meeting place, he noticed her car. “Two masked men appeared, assaulted the victim, and demanded money,” said Steven. “[The victim] attempted to flee in his vehicle with one of the suspects still inside. He crashed…. He jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee…. While he was fleeing, he heard one shot.”
The man went to a nearby home and contacted law enforcement a little after 2 a.m. When deputies reached the alleged crime scene, the suspects had fled.
The Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department is now searching for Layla Strnad. She is 5’4″, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
If anyone has any information about this situation or can help locate the suspects, please contact the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office at 707-464-4191.