SWAT Surrounded Mendocino Home for Five Hours Before Suspect in Attempted Murders Surrendered
This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 09-25-2015 at approximately 11:09 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office acted upon information that Manuel Rodriguez was in a residence in the 22000 block of Airport Road in Covelo, California.
Rodriguez was wanted on a Mendocino County felony arrest warrant for making criminal threats and was also a suspect or person of interest in several other serious crimes committed in the last sixty days.
Those crimes include residential and commercial burglaries, a vehicle pursuit, vehicle thefts, a strong arm robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Rodriguez was also the suspect in two separate incidents of attempted murder involving a firearm.
Deputies arrived at the residence on 09-26-2015 at 12:20 AM and formed a perimeter around the residence. The residence was completely dark but movement could be heard from within.
Due to the threat presented by Rodriguez, the on-scene supervisor made the decision to call for the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. For almost five hours announcements were made over a loudspeaker for the person(s) inside the residence to surrender themselves to no avail.
From a position inside their SWAT vehicle, Deputies were able to strip the window coverings from two front windows and see into the home.
Rodriguez including three other persons could be seen inside the residence and they subsequently surrendered themselves without further resistance.
Rodriguez was arrested for the felony warrant while Lucy Bell Lincoln, Deborah Jean Lincoln and Tasha Nichole Wake were arrested for harboring, concealing or aiding a principal wanted in a felony.
In addition, Lucy Bell Lincoln had two active arrest warrants for a probation violation and failure to appear in court.
All four individuals were booked into the Mendocino County Jail where Deborah Jean Lincoln and Tasha Nichole Wake were to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.
Manuel Rodriguez and Lucy Lincoln were to be held on a No Bail status.