Armored vehicles leave the scene after a number of people were detained on Councilman Road where suspects from a home invasion robbery on Fountain Ranch Road allegedly fled. [All photos by Mark McKenna]
At 8:29 this morning, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an ongoing home invasion in Salyer at Fountain Ranch Road. The caller stated that three armed males had assaulted some of the residents there. Reportedly, the armed robbers wanted money as well as marijuana.
A man who did not want to be identified said he was in the home when three armed gunmen entered in the earlier morning hours. He said he was hit in the head with a gun three times. [All photos by Mark McKenna]
According to a witness who did not want to be named, there were three men and two women in the home when it was invaded by three men all carrying guns. The witness said that the armed males hit him several times with a gun. “Every time one of the women moved, they would take it out on me,” he said. Eventually, he escaped with one of the women and called 911 from the neighbor’s house.
Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney, second from right, talks with officers from multiple agencies the responded to a home invasion robbery on Fountain Ranch Road in Salyer.
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service, California Highway Patrol, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Redding Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene. The three alleged home invaders escaped the original home and went to a different piece of property on nearby Councilman Road.
A Trinity County Sheriff Deputy speaks with man outside the residence where a home invasion robbery took place in Salyer.
According to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement set up a perimeter “and Shasta/Redding SWAT responded; Humboldt County SWAT was on standby.”
A helicopter owned by Redding Air Service Inc. flew over the scene of a home invasion in Salyer.
Helicopters attempted to locate the suspects but were unable to do so because of “poor weather conditions,” according to the press release.
Meanwhile, large numbers of law enforcement surrounded the area and attempted to learn what happened.
In a press conference later at the scene, Trinity County Sheriff Bruce Haney believed they found the motive. “There’s a large marijuana garden in the back [of the original residence,]” Sheriff Haney said. “That’s the motive right there.”
Sheriff Bruce Haney talks with a deputy near the scene.
Law enforcement determined that “no property was taken from the residence,” according to a press release issued by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.
Eventually three males were discovered at another piece of property on Councilman Road, detained, and lined up along the roadside.
Three men were detained in handcuffs on Councilman Road in Salyer following a home invasion robbery.
An SUV with tinted windows escorted a witness to identify the suspects.
A witness was driven by three men that were detained.
The press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office’s press release stated, “Seven subjects were arrested without incident, 3 males and 4 females. No names or photos are available at this time.”
A third man was lead away after a victim was shown the suspects. It was not immediately clear if the victim had positively identified the three men that were detained.
We understand that all those detained or arrested came from the Councilman Road residence.
Two men are lead to a Sheriff’s vehicle after a victim was driven by to identify them. It was not clear if the victim positively identified the men.
We’ll update with more information as it comes in.