Stabbing Rocks Fort Bragg
UPDATE: 5:30pm: In a terse statement, Sheriff Allman said that there had been no homicide in Mendocino. As yet, there is no explanation of the situation described below.
As news of a stabbing near the Wiggly Giggly Park and city library trickles out, Fort Bragg residents reel. The news of yet another possible murder near/in this Mendocino tourist town leaves residents rightfully shaken. Last night, around 9:20, a person was stabbed near the heart of the city in what Fort Bragg Planning Commissioner, Derek Hoyle, explained “appears to me to be a gang initiation.” As of this afternoon, details were sketchy with law enforcement not yet returning queries about the situation. Hoyle also is hesitant to speak. He did say, ” I’m a bit stressed out right now… the murderer is still at large, perhaps still hiding in my neighborhood.”
The possible homicide does not appear related to those two attributed to Aaron Bassler. Bassler is on the run from 30- 50 law enforcement officers canvassing the area he was last seen. Fort Bragg, a town of 7,000 has had 4 homicides in as many weeks. Four more deaths than show in available statistics for the entire decade before that according to this site (scroll to the bottom.) Bassler is a suspect in the deaths of former Fort Bragg mayor, Jere Melo, and well-known Mendocino Land Trust Employee, Matthew Coleman. These homicides and another unrelated one here have already traumatized the residents of the area. People have kept children home from school and been on edge for weeks.