Willits Couple Held Woman Against Her Will While Waiting for a Marijuana Deal, Says Mendocino Sheriff’s Office
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:
Deputies contacted a 25 year-old female and learned she had been held against her will at a local motel by Theo Corcoran and Malia Linde [ages 30 and 22 respectively, both from Willits.]
Deputies learned the female and a boyfriend had met with Corcoran and Linde on 08-20-2016 at around noon at a local motel located at the 1300 block of North State Street in Ukiah.
Corcoran gave the female’s boyfriend some money to purchase some marijuana while the female waited at the motel room for the boyfriend to return. After several hours the boyfriend had not returned with any marijuana so the female attempted to leave the motel room and was told by Linde and Corcoran she could not leave.
Corcoran eventually brandished a pistol from his waistband of his pants and told the female she was not leaving. The female stayed in the motel room fearing she would be shot if she attempted to leave.
Later in the evening the female went with Linde and Corcoran in a vehicle in search of her boyfriend. The female escaped out of the vehicle when Linde and Corcoran were distracted and she ran into a local grocery store where she met up with her boyfriend and called 911 to report the incident.
Deputies later located Corcoran in the parking lot of the motel (1300 block North State Street) where the incident had occurred.
Linde was observed sitting in a vehicle near where Corcoran was found and a loaded .32 caliber pistol was located on the seat where Linde was sitting. Deputies learned Corcoran was a convicted felon and was on formal Mendocino County probation. Deputies searched the motel room where Linde and Corcoran were residing and found .32 caliber ammunition and illicit drugs.
Corcoran and Linde were arrested for the listed violations and booked into the Mendocino County Jail.
Linde was to be held in lieu of $35,000.00 bail and Corcoran is being held without bail due to a probation hold.