Two Arrested on Weapons Charges in Covelo
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 8-23-2017, at approximately 7:15 P.M., a Deputy from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office noted a suspicious vehicle in front of the Redwood Market in Covelo. The vehicle later left the location, at a high rate of speed on Highway 162, driving into town. The Deputy followed the vehicle and paced it’s speed at 50 Miles per hour (in a posted 25 MPH zone). Because of other vehicle traffic, the Deputy lost sight of the vehicle for a short period time.
The Deputy eventually located the vehicle, parked on the side of the road, at the intersection of Highway 162 and Howard Street, with a single Male Hispanic inside. As the Deputy was speaking to the male driver of the vehicle, he was approached by a citizen who reported that prior to his arrival a male Hispanic had fled from the vehicle, running towards Main Street. The Deputy then directed a passing Traffic Officer from the California Highway Patrol to attempt to locate that person.
Learning that the CHP Officer had detained a male Hispanic in the area of Main Street, the Deputy responded to the Officers location. Upon his arrival he learned that the a prohibited assault rifle was located near the area where the CHP Officer had contacted the male Hispanic. When the male Hispanic was questioned, he stated that the rifle belonged to Suspect #1 Roberto Bartolo. However, when S#1 Bartolo was questioned, he stated that the rifle was owned by Suspect #2 Adrian Martinez-Rodriguez. Both Bartolo and Martinez-Rodriguez were then arrested for possession of a California prohibited assault weapon.
During a subsequent search Suspect #2 Martinez-Rodriguez was found to be in possession of a concealed fixed bladed knife. Additionally, A criminal records check was done on both suspects. During that check it was determined that S #1 Bartolo was a convicted felon.
Suspect #1 Roberto Bartolo was placed under arrest for a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a prohibited firearm. He was transported to the Mendocino County jail where he is being held on $25,000 bail.
Suspect#2 Adrian Martinez-Rodriguez was placed under arrest for possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of a concealed dirk, or dagger. He was transported to the Mendocino County jail where he is being held on $15,000 bail.