Dude! You Should Have Contacted Your Mom: Missing Humboldt Man’s BOLO Leads Mendocino Sheriff’s Dept. to Arrest Him for Armed Robbery

When a Humboldt County man’s parents put out a missing person’s report July 5, his description on the resulting BOLO (Be on the Lookout bulletin) resulted in his arrest for an armed robbery committed July 4th in Mendocino County.

Below is first the press release about the armed robbery. Following is the press release about how his description on the BOLO reportedly matched that of the armed robbery suspect. According to the press release, the Humboldt County man is now in jail.

The dude really should have let his mom know where he was going. 

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Press Release:

On 7/4/2014 at 2:22 PM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were summoned to the Hopland Subway, located at 13460 South Highway 101 in Hopland for a reported armed robbery.

The clerk at Subway reported that an unidentified white male adult came into the store, waited for other patrons to leave, and then ordered a sandwich. After the sandwich was made and the subject was told the amount due, he produced a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the register. The clerk turned over an undisclosed amount of money from the register and the suspect fled the scene southbound in a vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male adult, approximately 30 years of age, dark complexion, with brown hair and an unkempt beard. The subject was further described as being approximately 6’3″ tall and weighing over 200 pounds, and wearing a blue Polo style shirt and dark colored slacks. The vehicle was described as a black or dark colored mid-size sport utility vehicle, similar to a Hyundai Santa Fe. No license plate was provided.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies checked the area with the assistance from the California Highway Patrol and Hopland Tribal Police and were unable to locate the suspect. The investigation is continuing.


On 7/5/2014 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office issued a missing person’s BOLO (Be on the Lookout) for a Justin Gregorio, 32 years of age, last seen at his parents’ home in McKinleyville, CA, on 7/4/14 around 4:00 AM.  The BOLO indicated Gregorio had recently lost his job and his apartment due to an addiction to methamphetamine.  The BOLO gave a vehicle and a physical description of Gregorio, both of which matched the suspect’s description in the armed robbery.  The BOLO indicated Gregorio intended to drive to a relative’s home in Southern California but he did not have enough money or gas to complete the trip.

Deputies, using a photographic line up, were able to make a positive identification that Gregorio was indeed the armed robber.  Deputies secured an arrest warrant charging Gregorio with robbery and then tracked him to a relative’s home in Wildomar California.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office agreed to assist the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office with apprehension of Gregorio.  He was contacted and arrested at the relative’s home.  At the time of the arrest Gregorio made statements linking himself to the robbery in Hopland, a realistic air pistol was located in his possession that is believed to be the weapon displayed in the robbery, and clothing similar to that worn by the suspect were all recovered.

Gregorio was booked into the Riverside County Jail for the robbery warrant and is being held in lieu of $175,000 bail.

Anyone with any additional information about this case is encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line (707)234-2100.


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