Marijuana and Car Stolen at Gunpoint in Hopland

Mendocino Sheriff’s Press Release:

On 07-05-2013 at approximately 1815 hours the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred in the 700 block of Harrison Street in Hopland, California.

The suspect vehicle was described as a black Dodge Challenger with tinted windows and had possibly left Southbound on Highway 101 with three black male suspects with handguns.  The reporting victim said the suspects took marijuana during the robbery.

Sonoma County Law Enforcement agencies were notified and the suspect vehicle was spotted and pursued by officers from the Cloverdale Police Department.

Upon arrival at the robbery scene Deputies received conflicting statements from the numerous victims, but ascertained there had been a marijuana transaction where the two listed suspects had produced handguns and stole the marijuana, cell phones, and one of the victim’s car keys before leaving in the black Dodge Challenger.

Once the suspect vehicle was stopped in Healdsburg, the three suspects fled on foot.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies located one suspect around 2300 hours on 07-05-2013 and took him into custody.  That suspect, later identified as Gregory Ladel Jenkins Jr., was positively identified by a victim as being one of the robbery suspects.

At approximately 0530 hours on 07-06-2013 two more individuals thought to be suspects were detained by Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputies and were transported to Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies.

One of the suspects, identified as Michael Edwin Steele, was positively identified by one of the robbery victims.

The third subject was later determined to have responded from Stockton, California at the request of Michael Edwin Steele, advising he had been robbed when he was trying to purchase marijuana in Santa Rosa.  The third subject was unaware Michael Edwin Steele was being sought by law enforcement in regards to the Hopland robbery.

After corroborating the third subject’s statement, he was released without charges.

Sonoma County Law Enforcement agencies were advised to be on the lookout for the third suspect who fled from the Dodge Challenger and is outstanding at this time.

Gregory Laden Jenkins Jr. and Michael Edwin Steele were booked into the Mendocino County Jail and were to be held on $250,000.00 bail.

The investigation into the Hopland robbery is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.


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