Laytonville Man Shot During Home Invasion Robbery Today

home invasion featurePress release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

On 04-11-2017 at approximately 7:00 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call of a gunshot victim at a residence in the 100 block of Mill Road in Laytonville, California.

Deputies and medical personnel arrived and met with a victim who was a 63 year-old adult male.

The victim reported that earlier in the morning, at approximately 6:00 A.M. three to five unknown African American adults males entered into his residence by smashing a sliding glass door. The male suspects were armed with handguns and they held the victim at gunpoint while demanding money and marijuana.

The male suspects ransacked the residence searching for the sought after items and at some point pistol whipped the victim and shot him in the arm while trying to determine the whereabouts of the money and marijuana.

The male suspects ultimately disabled the victim’s vehicle and left in an unknown direction in an unknown vehicle.

Taken during the robbery was approximately $7,000.00 in US currency and several firearms.

After the adult suspects fled, the victim was able to get to a nearby residence to request assistance as the suspects had also disabled his phone line.

The male suspects were described to be African American adult males, slim build with unknown height. They were described as being between the ages of 18 and 30 and were not known to the victim.

The victim was transported to an undisclosed hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries from the gunshot wound and the pistol whipping.

Anybody with information related to this case or who observed persons fitting the suspect’s description in the area around the time of the robbery are encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office by calling (707) 463-4086, or the Tip Line at (707) 234-2100.



  • Prime example of being armed with a weapon . I bet he wished he had one when they broke into. his home so so sorry for the victim. My custom 1911 .buy my side 24 7 .

  • Mogtx, the thieves took “several firearms.” No sense in having them if you can’t use them when you need them.

    • Also may have to do with being a 60+ old man and not moving fast or having good hearing … sleep w a shot gun right next to the bed ! And a dog to sound off . People in threes parts are asking for it when they are too laid back !

  • Not good,more guns out there in the hands of ASSHOLES looking for more people to hurt. We have guns but there locked up. I don’t like guns but we’ve been hit 3 times in our family. We must protect our selfs. I will use what I can to protect my family,so please don’t come to my home again!! Please take care folks✌

  • That’s the scariest part about living around here, you don’t have to be in the industry to get robbed. So many robberies are just random invasions in hopes that there is weed or money there. I’m so glad this guy didn’t loose his life, I hope he makes a speedy recovery mentally and physically.

  • Home invasion should carry Capitol punishment,the home is a sacred place where your familly lives.Entering it uninvited to do harm or steal deserves the death penalty preferably at the instant it happens.Im no fan of Texas but they have it right on their laws on this subject

    • Growing in those mountains brings criminality so I suggest that if your home & family are truly sacred to you, act like it and get a real JOB!

  • Close to 101 and obvious plants on Goole Maps..

  • I know the victim in this incident & he is a high profile member of the Laytonville community. He’s lived there all his life, his family made their living in real estate & he carried on that tradition for awhile & was a builder (maybe contractor, I don’t remember) for many years. Generally, he is regarded as a good guy by locals & is well known & respected. His ways & means are no secret & he was the victim of a home invasion 25 or so years ago. I know his property is fenced, gated & there is a security system. Something obviously went wrong/failed. I’m just glad it wasn’t any worse than it was & I feel so bad that he has to suffer the physical & emotional trauma of such an event again. I hope the perpetrators are soon caught & that he has a speedy recovery.

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