[UPDATE 4 p.m.] Some Suspects Still on the Loose After Foiled Marijuana Robbery; Three in Custody
About 2:30 a.m., the Mendocino Sheriff’s Department received a report that a marijuana robbery was in progress on Hwy 162 south of the Eight Mile Bridge, according to Lt. Shannon Barney. One of the victims had escaped the suspects by fleeing down the hill and calling for help.
Barney said that the Sheriff’s Department had officers in the Covelo area and were able to respond fairly quickly. The officers arrived on the scene, scattering the suspects. Eventually, a SWAT team was called in as well as back up from other agencies. “We had the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s helicopter agency assisting,” he said.
Attempts were made to block all escape routes but there were many roads in and out of the area, Barney said. However, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., three adult male suspects were located along Hwy 162 and arrested.
“There could be as many as eight more likely five more, ” Barney said.
The young men taken into custody are local, he added.
UPDATE 4 p.m.: We’ve updated the above information to more clearly represent the actual area. The three men in custody are from Covelo, Willits, and Ukiah