Manhunt in Mendocino Yesterday for Man Wanted on Hum. Co. Arrest Warrant

UPDATE 12:24 p.m.: Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 01-23-2015 at approximately 10:00 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to contact Riley Keisel at a residence located in the 44000 block of Crestwood Drive in Mendocino, California.

The reason for the attempted contact was that Keisel had a felony arrest warrant issued in Humboldt County.

When Deputies arrived at the residence Keisel fled on foot towards the Big River Haul Road in a heavily wooded area.

An extensive search was conducted for 1-2 hours with two Sheriff’s Office K9 teams and the aid of several allied law enforcement agencies (California Highway Patrol, California State Parks, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Fort Bragg Police Department).  The search ended without Keisel being located.

A reverse 911 notification was issued at the conclusion of the search notifying the public that Keisel was wanted and at large in the area.

Keisel is a white male adult last seen wearing black jeans, a blue jacket, a large green back pack and a purple bandana.

Keisel is known to associate with a white female adult with short blond hair and having a heavy build.

Deputies developed information that suggested Keisel was in possession of a handgun although none was seen during the attempted apprehension, but the public is asked to considered him armed and dangerous at this time.

As of 01-25-2015 Keisel’s current whereabouts were still unknown.

Anyone with information as to Keisel’s whereabouts is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office dispatch center at 707-463-4086.

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Original post: Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies searched yesterday for a man wanted in Humboldt County after the man, believed to be armed with a handgun, fled into a wooded area on the coast.  Riley Keisel (or “Kiesel” — his name is spelled differently in various reports) is wanted on a felony arrest warrant.

The Surfwood subdivision of the town of Mendocino was on lockdown yesterday while law enforcement scoured the area for the 31-year-old man. 

According to the host of the popular MendocinoSportsPlus Facebook page, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office sent him the following email:

[Yesterday] at approximately 10:00 am, Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to contact Riley Keisel, a 31 year-old white male adult, at a residence located in the 44000 block of Crestwood Drive in Mendocino. The reason for the attempted contact was that Keisel had a felony arrest warrant from Humboldt County.

When Deputies arrived at the residence Keisel fled on foot towards the Big River Haul Road in a heavily wooded area. 

An extensive search was conducted for 1-2 hours with the aid of several allied law enforcement agencies and ended without Keisel being located.

A reverse 911 notification was issued at the conclusion of the search notifying the public that Keisel was wanted and at large in the area.

Keisel was last seen wearing black jeans, a blue jacket, a large green back pack and a purple bandana. Deputies developed information that suggested he was in possession of a handgun, thus he is considered armed and dangerous.

Keisel was arrested in Arcata in 2013 after fleeing law enforcement. At the time he was arrested he also carried a hand gun.

See MendocinoSportsPlus’s Facebook page for more information.

Previously: Mendocino Man Arrested in Arcata Stabbed Another Man Last May

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