Trimmer Says He was Kidnapped, Assaulted and Shot; Vehicle Stolen
Press release from the Willits Police:
On Saturday October 17th at about 4am, Willits Police officers responded to Howard Hospital for a reported gunshot wound victim. The victim, a 31 year old male, was found to have a life threatening gunshot wound but is currently expected to survive that injury.
According to the victim, he was parked in the Chevron parking lot on Friday October 16th at about 8:30 PM awaiting an undisclosed contact to meet him with details about a marijuana processing job. While seated in his vehicle, he was approached by several male subjects who pulled him out of his vehicle and forced him into, what he described as, a black car or truck. He was taken to an undisclosed location, possibly on Highway 20, where he was removed from the vehicle and physically assaulted by the group. During that altercation, the suspect brandished a firearm and shot the victim in the stomach. At that point, the suspects fled the area, and the victim walked towards Willits, where he sought treatment at Howard Hospital.
Additionally, he reported his maroon Volkswagon Jetta (Ca Lic 4LFL041) as stolen from the Chevron parking lot. If you see the vehicle please contact your local law enforcement agency immediately and do not attempt to take action yourself.
The incident is being investigated as an Attempted Murder. The Willits Police Department is asking anyone who was in, or around, the Chevron parking lot at the time of the incident and who may have information to contact dispatch at (707)459-6122.