Alleged Mendocino County Gang Members, Most Juveniles, Arrested in Armed Cannabis Robbery

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:

Robert Douglas Thing

On 11-15-2018 at about 7:05 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call regarding a brandishing of a firearm incident at the Lions Park (8920 East Road) in Redwood Valley, California.

The caller advised they were at the Lions Park when a juvenile male pointed a handgun at him. The juvenile male along with other individuals got into a 2011 Ford SUV and fled the scene. The victims and a witness followed the SUV and called law enforcement.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) located the Ford SUV traveling northbound in the 1400 block of North State Street.

CHP along with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and Ukiah Police Department (UPD) conducted a high risk vehicle stop on the Ford in the 2800 block of North State Street.

Deputies detained five subjects from inside the Ford, with the driver being identified as Robert Thing and the other passengers being identified as juvenile males.

Two Deputies assigned to the Multi Agency Gang Suppression Unit (MAGSU) conducted the investigation.

Deputies interviewed the reported victims and found they had agreed to sell the subjects in the Ford a pound of marijuana for $900.00.

All the individuals met at the Lions Park to complete the transaction. During the transaction a 16 year-old male pulled out a black possibly semi automatic handgun and took the marijuana without paying for it prior to fleeing in the Ford SUV with the other suspects.

Inside the Ford SUV, Deputies located an approximately 1 pound bag of bud marijuana, knives, a billy club, two baseball bats and carpet cutters. One of the suspects (16 year-old male) was also in possession of exactly $900.00 cash.

Two of the male juveniles (15 year-old and 16 year-old) were on formal probation with terms obey all laws, not possess weapons, and no gang association. These subjects were wearing gang colors and are known gang participants.

Thing was arrested for 212.5 PC (second degree robbery) and 182 PC (conspiracy to commit crime) without incident. Thing was booked into the Mendocino County Jail were he was to be held in lieu of $75,000.00 bail.

All the juveniles were arrested for 212.5 PC (second degree robbery) and 182 PC (conspiracy to commit crime).

The above mentioned juveniles on probation were charged with 1203.2 PC (violation of probation).

They juveniles were all booked into the Mendocino County Juvenile Detention Facility.
212.5 PC (Second Degree Robbery)

182(A)(1) PC (Conspiracy to commit crime)

1203.2 PC (Violation of Probation)

8920 East Road in Redwood Valley, CA

Date of Incident:

7:05 PM

Adult Male (25 year-old from Willits, CA)

Juvenile Male (16 year-old from Willits, CA)

Robert Douglas Thing (18 year-old from Ukiah, CA)

Juvenile Male (16 year-old from Ukiah, CA)

Juvenile Male (16 year-old from Ukiah, CA)

Juvenile Male (15 year-old from Ukiah, CA)

Juvenile Male (15 year-old from Ukiah, CA)

Written By:
Sgt. James L. Wells #2420



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