Mendocino Man Allegedly Assaults Arcata Man and Two Others

Robert Williams

Robert Williams

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:

On 12-27-2018 at about 5:15 pm, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an unknown disturbance involving the discharging of firearms in the Spy Rock Road area of Laytonville, California.

The reporting party, a 28 year-old male, met with assisting officers from the California Highway Patrol at the intersection of Spy Rock Road and US Highway 101.

Deputies arrived a short time later and learned from the 28 year-old male that he and another adult male (20 year-old) were working on a gate at a property located in the 57000 block of Registered Guest Road when they were confronted by an adult male, later identified as suspect Robert Williams, regarding his belief the pair were trespassing on a third person’s property.

The pair were reportedly employees of the property owner and had legal right to be at their location.

Williams made verbal and demonstrative threats with his hands advising the pair he intended to cause them physical harm if they did not leave.

Williams left the area shortly thereafter in a silver Toyota 4runner SUV. While leaving, Williams struck a metal gate causing visible damage to his vehicle.

Fearing for their lives, the pair got into their vehicle and left the area, heading towards US Highway 101. As they approached the intersection of Registered Guest Road and Spy Rock Road, they met two parked vehicles, one of which was Williams’ vehicle seen at the Registered Guest Road address.

Williams was observed standing next to his vehicle holding an unknown type of rifle.

Seeing Williams holding a rifle, one of the adult males exited the vehicle and ran into the brush. This adult male was later contacted and provided a similar statement of the incident.

Fearing for his life, the one adult male drove away from the area towards US Highway 101 and could hear the distinctive sound of a firearm being discharged and observed Williams firing the weapon in an unknown direction.

Physical evidence corroborating the reporting party’s statements was collected at the scene along with eyewitness statements which were consistent with the reported events. At the time of the report, Williams was not identified and further investigation was conducted by MCSO Deputies.

Williams was contacted during the preliminary investigation and provided a brief statement that was inconsistent with other involved people. During the course of the investigation, a 22 caliber pistol was recovered from Williams’s belongings. Williams was identified as being on summary probation with specific terms to include being prohibited from possessing firearms.

Williams was subsequently identified by the pair of adult males through a photo line-up.

Based on this specific case investigation MCSO Deputies believed Williams had committed the following crimes: 246.3 (a) PC – Grossly Negligent Discharge of a Firearm; 422 (a) PC – Criminal Threats; 29815 (a) PC – Possession of a Firearm as a Prohibited Person; and 1203.2 PC – Violation of Probation.

On 12-28-2018 at about 9:00 pm, while continuing the investigation surrounding the negligent discharge of firearms and criminal threats, MCSO Deputies were dispatched to meet with a third adult male regarding a separate incident that occurred on 12-27-2018 earlier in the day.

The third adult male reported to Deputies he had been the victim of a violent assault by an unknown adult male near the 4000 block of Spy Rock Road, Laytonville, California.

This third adult male had been in the area to visit friends when his car broke down on Spy Rock Road. After being given a ride to his friend’s house, he made his way down the mountain to call for assistance with his disabled vehicle.

While walking along Spy Rock Road, at about 1:00 pm, he was confronted by an adult male who was identified as driving a gray Toyota 4Runner.

The driver questioned the third adult male why he was in the area and was accused of being a thief.

While attempting to reason with the driver, later identified as being Williams, the third adult male was struck and knocked to the ground by Williams.

A significant assault was reported as occurring on the side of the road causing serious injury to the third adult male. In addition to physically assaulting the third adult male, Williams reportedly moved him from one side of the road to other and held him on the ground against his will for a significant period of time. During the assault, the third adult male was also assaulted with his own pepper spray.

The assault ended when a third party arrived and interceded, identifying this third adult as being someone known to them. The third adult male was allowed to leave the Spy Rock Road area and made his way to Arcata (California) where he sought medical treatment for multiple injuries constituting serious bodily injury.

An initial report was made to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office which was subsequently referred to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.

Williams was identified by the third adult male through a photo line-up. Based on this investigation MCSO Deputies believed Williams committed the following crimes: 243 (a) PC – Battery with Serious Bodily Injury; 207 (a) PC – Kidnapping; 236 PC – False Imprisonment and 422 (a) PC – Criminal Threats.

On 12-29-2018 at about 10:00 pm, MCSO Deputies met with Williams in Willits (California) and placed him under arrest for the listed charges stemming from both investigations.

Williams was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $125,000.00 bail.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation or other incidents similar in nature that may have occurred in the Spy Rock Road/Registered Guest Road area are asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 463-4086 or the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line at (707) 234-2100 or the WE-TIP anonymous crime reporting hotline at (800) 732-7463.



  • Spy Rock’s version of Charles Bronson?

  • Drug dealers vs drug dealers,yawn.

    • They might just have been fixing a gate for the property owner. The cops don’t seem to think anyone was doing anything illegal except for Mr. Williams.

      • Lost Croat Outburst

        True, but people read what they want, think what they want, regardless of circumstances. We do have a large contingent of citizens constantly gloating over any evil they can attach to the Power Plant.

        • Because stupidity is congenital in the case of the peabrain prohibitionist. Happy New Year!

        • Why not? It IS evil, bringing and spreading crime along with its vile stench. Sociopaths and addicts don’t care about society, just greed and their own gutter level abuses. Thus, the current state of HumCo.

  • And this is why you don’t go to Spyrock!

  • Is his whole face asymmetric or is it just his nose? Looks like he’s been caught by a good right hand at least once.

  • Just protecting his second amendment rights.

  • What a crazy story. What a crazy dude. I’d hate to be his neighbor…

  • cat made a bad call,,nothing more,,nothing less. So many ripp offs on the rock lately he may have been standing his own ground and maybe some others. cops will not go there unless there’s gun fire and then it’s sketchy,sorry to hear this went down. folks are stretched pretty thin and the cat just made a bad call,,,this is shit and it happened,,,do the math

    • Kidnapping and beating your neighbor’s workers, on his property, without provocation or any evidence of a crime. If that’s just a bad call, I’d hate to see what you call a mistake.

    • Bad call?
      Yes, I guess assault is a bad call.
      So is shooting at people. Bad call, my ass!
      Not, “Do the Math.” (Whatever the fuck THAT’S supposed to mean!”
      No, it’s do dumbshit stuff, then do the time!

  • I wonder what the comments would be if he had actually caught a couple rippers who maybe beat and robbed a resident. Local hero or “crazy dude neighbor”?

    • If my Aunt had balls, she’d be my Uncle. His actions would have been justified if they were justified, but they weren’t.

      • oh how you assume gender. if your aunt had balls he stillcould be your aunt.

        • How dare you assume that my aunt hasn’t been totally clear about her intended gender identity in the specific event that she spontaneously grows balls.

  • Pretty sure he is off his meds, since he shoots and assaults people without just cause. Plus a felon. Lock him up. For years. Don’t want him to be on the street. Period. . . . . .

    • Umm…this is what Spy Rock is for- an outdoor insane asylum. It’s been this way since at least the 70’s. I’m sorry that sane people didn’t get the memo and think it’s a regular place for normal people but no- it has a reputation based on many facts over many years. Talk about hidden skeletons back up in there…it is a place pretty much reserved for guys like this and that’s been understood. It’s the random strangers walking around or hanging at a gate that should probably not be doing that. This guy doesn’t like thieves and neither do I!

  • I went to school with Robert he is a good dude,with all the rip offs & home invasions, f▪▪k them let
    It be a warning to all out of towners, we are tired of the Bullshit. Most of us don’t call cops.

    • It’s going to be hard to get someone to fix your gates then…

    • I agree, I went to school with him too. I lived right across from registered guest rd. For most my childhood. He was one of my neighbors he is a good person. He is like this person says tired of the thieving bullshit one thing Spyrockians don’t put up with is ripoffs / thiefs. It’s always been that way.

    • Maybe you misread, this wasn’t a home invasion. It was three guys fixing a fence, as you do in the off season. Your buddy is currently getting help for his paranoia, maybe you should, too.

  • Another day at the office…..

  • I knew a brawler like this guy, thought he was pretty tough and liked to pick fights. One day he picked the wrong guy. It turned out he`d picked a wrestler. Got his neck snapped for his trouble and spent the next 36 years flat on his back in bed. All he could move below his neck was wiggle his fingers and toes. Those 36 years likely went by very slowly….

  • Robert is a really good person, very kind hearted and giving.. there for people when they need help …. whatever he is caught up in doesn’t make him a bad person at all.. just a big mistake under bad circumstances

    • Good to hear! I know Spy Rock since the 70’s. I know that people look out for each other and are rightfully suspicious of random, unnannounced new faces. The neighbor would have done everybody a solid by letting his neighbors know that there would be guys working on his gate. That’s how we used to do it- let the neighbors know! I imagine the “assault” on the road was because the random stranger dude said some stupid self-righteous stuff. yeah it’s a county road but the residents do not want random strangers walking around! I bet the people out near Dinsmore who got robbed of 120 pounds and “precious genetics” wish they had a neighbor like Robert…who would help with the local reputation of an area as one where random unknown strangers will be “engaged and encouraged to leave unless they have impeccable references”. Everybody in the hills is on edge about the increasing ripoffs. It’s not right to make Robert into the enemy for looking out…

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