Mendocino Man Allegedly Assaults Arcata Man and Two Others
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.