Suspected Burglar Pursued by Law Enforcement Hit Utility Pole and Fled on Foot; Captured After Citizen Tip

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:

Richard SullivanOn 03-15-2018 at approximately 01:10 P.M., deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence in the 1500 block of Fitch Rd. in Laytonville, CA for a reported in-progress residential burglary.

MCSO dispatch advised the responding deputies that the homeowner returned to his residence and found an unknown male subject inside his home. The resident confronted the suspect, who ultimately fled from the scene. Deputies and officers from the California Highway Patrol searched the area for the suspect with negative results.

The investigating deputy learned that the suspect and possibly another subject were living in the victim’s residence for an unknown period of time. Deputies located evidence of forced entry into the home during the investigation. There was evidence at the home that the suspects consumed food goods and took other items in the residence that did not belong to them.

During this continuing investigation, Richard Sullivan was identified as a potential suspect. The investigating deputy met with the homeowner who positively identified Sullivan from a photograph lineup as the subject he confronted in his home during the burglary on 03-15-2018.

On 03-21-2018, Deputies were patrolling the Laytonville area searching for Sullivan and located him near the Red Fox Casino on the Cahto Reservation. Deputies attempted to perform a vehicle stop on the truck being driven by Sullivan and a pursuit ensued. Sullivan fled from the Cahto Reservation and evaded officers onto Branscomb Rd. Sullivan was traveling eastbound towards downtown Laytonville when he lost control of the pickup he was driving and struck a utility pole and two large boulders on Branscomb Rd. The pickup being driven by Sullivan during the pursuit became disabled during the collision.

Sullivan immediately exited the pickup and fled over a tall fence onto an adjoining property. Deputies and officers from the California Highway Patrol searched the surrounding area for Sullivan with negative results.

The investigating deputy subsequently authored arrest warrants for Sullivan, which were reviewed and signed by a judge. The warrants for Sullivan’s arrest were for the charges of 459 / 460(a) PC [Residential Burglary] and 2800.2 VC [Evading a Peace Officer – Reckless Driving].

At approximately 09:45 hours on 03-21-2018, an unidentified citizen in Laytonville, CA observed Sullivan at Fosters Ranch Market (44980 N. Highway 101 in Laytonville, CA). The citizen called MCSO dispatch to report that Sullivan was at that store. An officer from the California Highway Patrol responded and detained Sullivan while waiting for deputies to arrive at the scene.

Sullivan was subsequently arrested on the aforementioned arrest warrants and booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $290,000 bail.

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