Final Suspect in Laytonville Grower Homicide Arrested

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

Gary Blank III Cricket mugshotIn late February and early March of 2017, Detectives from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were in communication with numerous state, local and federal law enforcement agencies in multiple states in efforts to try and locate and arrest Gary Louis Blank III (AKA Cricket). This included agencies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey as information had been provided by anonymous sources that Blank had been provided a ride from Southern California towards the northeast.

On March 10th, 2017, at approximately 9:07 PM (Pacific Standard Time), Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives were notified by Detectives from the New Jersey State Police that they had good information about Blank’s whereabouts. At 9:21 PM (Pacific Standard Time) the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the New Jersey State Police that they had located and arrested Gary Blank III at residence in the Borough of Red Bank, New Jersey.  Blank was arrested without incident and subsequently booked into the Mercer County (NJ) Jail on the Mendocino County Superior Court NO BAIL arrest warrant, for murder.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office detectives are traveling to New Jersey to follow up on the arrest.  The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office will work with the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office and the State of New Jersey to have Blank extradited to Mendocino County for prosecution on Jeffrey Settler’s murder. This arrest concludes a 4 month apprehension effort to locate and arrest the seven suspects.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our appreciation to the New Jersey State Police and the Toledo Ohio Police Department for their assistance on this case.

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  • Awesome law enforcement good job now go bust some meth labs .

    • So more can be created? Yes.

      Better yet, maybe a new method of making meth sans heat yet twice as deadly will be developed. a new approach maybe?

      PROHIBITION HAS FAILED. Unfortunately facts don’t matter. Paychecks Matter.

      • We haven’t stopped all the drunk drivers either. So we should just give up?
        Read up on the facts about the toxic chemicals released in the air, water, ground, etc. no mater how it is produced. Not to mention the idiots it produces and other crimes it is involved with.

        Criminals will always find ways to adapt so they can ply their trade and get their paychecks. That’s why law enforcement has to continue to also adapt to the outlaws behavior. I’m not ready to hide my head in the sand and give up, are you?

  • The Meth labs are in Mexico so kinda out of Mendos jurisdiction.

    That’s not a happy face.

    • Who told you that? Not True. Ever heard of “Shake and Bake”? No, I’m not talking about grandma’s chicken recipe. All the little labs here add up.

  • the misadventures of bunjee

    Looks like he’s lost a little weight during his little sojourn. Since he made it across the country, I’d hate to think of someone or persons that might have unknowingly picked up a hitch hiker or some guy needing a ride off Craigslist or something. One reason nobody gets rides from me unless I know them. Especially in this part of the state.

  • Hey Cricket, you lose. You really showed that guy who’s boss. You and your friends really thought that one out didn’t you. Except for the part where you spend the rest of your lives being somebody’s butt boy. Dipshit.

  • Blank the 3rd sure has the blank look of guilty in his mug shot.

  • Great work guys and gals! My hat is off to you for your hard work and dedication to catching these killers.

  • Good job …..

  • great job law enforcement! hopefully all these arrests send a message to all the scumbags out there.

  • They can run away and hide, but they can’t hide forever.

  • Great work by the LEO’s. Time to write the homey doing time in Joisey. We got it from here.. j/k (no really tho) not. j/k.

  • Seven suspects tracked down (over a wide area) and arrested….GREAT WORK !

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