Willits Man Charged with Kidnapping His Neighbor
This is a press release from 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 05-01-2016 at approximately 8:50 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a possible assault in the 6000 block of Big John Road in Willits, California.
Upon arrival the Deputies learned a 64 year-old male and Brett Raymond Cooper had been in a dispute over property for several years.
On 05-01-2016 at approximately 4:00 PM, Cooper arrived at the 64 year-old male’s home armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. Cooper threatened to kill the 64 year-old male and then discharged a round through a window near where the 64 year-old male was sitting. Cooper then held the 64 year-old male at gunpoint and forced him to lay face down on a bed. Copper held the gun to the 64 year-old male’s head and threatened to kill him before discharging a round into the bedroom wall.
Cooper forced the 64 year-old male to open his gun safe, taking two shotguns and two handguns with him before leaving the home. After Cooper drove away, the 64 year-old male went to a nearby residence and called law enforcement.
Cooper was subsequently arrested for kidnapping, reckless discharge of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.
Cooper was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $600,000.00 bail.