Today, Sheriffs Office Warned Rural Residents Between Willits and Fort Bragg that Bassler might be in Area


Mendocino Sheriff Press Release:

On 09-25-2011 Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a discovered burglary of a vacation cabin located in the 16000 block of NorthSpur Road.

This area is approximately 14.2 miles east of Fort Bragg and approximately 10 miles northwest of Willits along the Noyo River watershed.

Upon arrival Deputies discovered the person responsible for the burglary had forced entry into the cabin and appeared to have taken food items.  At this time investigators are still attempting to obtain an inventory of the cabin’s items from the owner who was not present at the scene.

Deputies collected various items from inside the cabin that were believed to be touched by the person who had committed the burglary.

Those items were forwarded to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Evidence Bureau for processing of latent prints, which resulted in the recovery of a latent print.

The recovered latent print was forwarded to the California Department of Justice laboratory in Sacramento for identification purposes.

On 09-28-2011 at approximately 1300 hours a DOJ Latent Print Criminalist contacted investigators and confirmed the recovered latent print was that of Aaron James Bassler.

It should be noted on 09-20-2011 Detectives from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to discovered burglaries at one full-time residence and at two vacation cabins located in the 17000 block of NorthSpur Road.

Detectives learned the structures were not occupied at the time of the burglaries, forced entry was used and food items had been taken.  It was also learned that a .22 caliber rifle and a 12-gauage shotgun had been taken during one of the burglaries.  Detectives at this time believe Aaron James Bassler to be responsible for those burglaries.

As a result of the preceding information the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office activated the Reverse 911 system during the afternoon of 09-28-2011 to warn the residents of NorthSpur of Aaron James Bassler’s presence.

The Apprehension Operation for Aaron James Bassler continues with support from several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The public is encouraged to be vigilant of their surroundings and to report any possible sighting of Aaron James Bassler by calling the Command Post at 707-961-2479 or 911 under emergency situations.

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  • Looking on Google Earth, that is a very remote area…

  • Looking on Google Earth, that is a very remote area…

  • 8 days t issue a reverse 911? Thank god we aren’t in that area!

  • I’m starting to wonder if this guy is in fact a myth used to drum up overtime and extra funding. They did it with Osama why not this guy?

  • I’m starting to wonder if this guy is in fact a myth used to drum up overtime and extra funding. They did it with Osama why not this guy?

  • LOCO just posted: a press conference is happening tonight on this topic.

  • LOCO just posted: a press conference is happening tonight on this topic.

  • MCSO Press Release:

    “IN REGARDS TO THE ATTEMPTED APPREHENSION OF MURDER SUSPECT AARON BASSLER”

    “On Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:00 p.m., the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a jointpress conference with the United States Marshals Service. The press conference will be held in the mainconference room at the Fort Bragg Police Department at 250 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA. All press personnelwill be required to have valid press identification with them for admission into the conference.

    Anyone seeking further information regarding this press conference can contact Mendocino County Sheriff’sCaptain Kurt Smallcomb at 707-272-0994.”

  • MCSO Press Release:

    “IN REGARDS TO THE ATTEMPTED APPREHENSION OF MURDER SUSPECT AARON BASSLER”

    “On Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 8:00 p.m., the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a jointpress conference with the United States Marshals Service. The press conference will be held in the mainconference room at the Fort Bragg Police Department at 250 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, CA. All press personnelwill be required to have valid press identification with them for admission into the conference.

    Anyone seeking further information regarding this press conference can contact Mendocino County Sheriff’sCaptain Kurt Smallcomb at 707-272-0994.”

  • A Fort Bragg man who has eluded capture more than a month after he became the suspect in two North Coast killings Thursday encountered law enforcement teams in the woods where he reportedly has been hiding, Mendocino County sheriff’s officials said.

    Investigators weren’t able to apprehend Aaron Bassler, 35, but are “getting closer,” Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said.

    Officials said they would discuss their most recent contact with the suspect at a news conference tonight in Fort Bragg, scheduled for 8 p.m.

    Cal Fire officials said they received a report of an exchange of gunfire about midday. But Smallcomb declined to release any details about their encounter prior to the news conference.

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110929/ARTICLES/110929398/1033/sitemaps

  • A Fort Bragg man who has eluded capture more than a month after he became the suspect in two North Coast killings Thursday encountered law enforcement teams in the woods where he reportedly has been hiding, Mendocino County sheriff’s officials said.

    Investigators weren’t able to apprehend Aaron Bassler, 35, but are “getting closer,” Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said.

    Officials said they would discuss their most recent contact with the suspect at a news conference tonight in Fort Bragg, scheduled for 8 p.m.

    Cal Fire officials said they received a report of an exchange of gunfire about midday. But Smallcomb declined to release any details about their encounter prior to the news conference.

    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20110929/ARTICLES/110929398/1033/sitemaps

  • From Tra’s link, above (thanks!)

    “Witnesses Thursday afternoon reported seeing ambulances and armed CHP officers stationed along Highway 20 near logging roads that branch north and wind through the woods to the Northspur area. It’s about 6 miles west of Willits.

    Skunk Train officials late Wednesday said the train continued its trips for tourists through the valley between Fort Bragg and Northspur depots.”

    … more news forthtcoming after the press conference?

  • From Tra’s link, above (thanks!)

    “Witnesses Thursday afternoon reported seeing ambulances and armed CHP officers stationed along Highway 20 near logging roads that branch north and wind through the woods to the Northspur area. It’s about 6 miles west of Willits.

    Skunk Train officials late Wednesday said the train continued its trips for tourists through the valley between Fort Bragg and Northspur depots.”

    … more news forthtcoming after the press conference?

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