Garberville Man Arrested in Sonoma County on Charges of Attempted Murder, Robbery, and, Kidnapping

Press release from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office:

Deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men after they beat, tied up and attempted to shoot a former coworker at a marijuana farm.

Moises Calvillo-Chavez

Moises Calvillo-Chavez

The call came out yesterday at about 7:30 AM in the 6500 block of St. Helena Rd in Santa Rosa. The caller, Moises Calvillo-Chavez, who later turned out to be one of three suspects, called the Sheriff’s Office stating the former head grower for their marijuana farm was going crazy and had been tied up to a chair but he let him go.

Deputies responded to the area and found the victim walking barefoot in the road nearby. The victim, a 43-year-old Santa Rosa man had a broken wooden chair arm taped to his arm with duct tape. He also had abrasions on his arms and ankles from what appeared to be duct tape.

Chad Canup

Chad Canup

The victim told deputies that he was the former head marijuana grower on the farm at this location but was recently replaced by one of the suspects, 34-year-old Moises Calvillo-Chavez of El Cajon.

They have had ongoing disagreements over the past week as the victim taught Calvillo-Chavez the business. The victim had originally been living on the property but due to the disagreements, he has been staying at a neighbor’s home.

At about 2:00 AM yesterday, the victim and Calvilo-Chavez had a phone conversation and a disagreement broke out where verbal mutual threats were exchanged. Calvillo-Chavez soon after showed up in a truck with two of his friends, Chad Canup, 32 of Garberville and Salvador Martinez, 22 of Lakeside, CA.

Salvador Martinez

Salvador Martinez

Calvilllo-Chavez had a .22 caliber rifle with him as he exited the truck. Calvillo-Chavez pointed the rifle at the victim and tried to shoot him several times but the gun malfunctioned and did not fire. Calvillo-Chavez then hit the victim on the back of the head with the stock of the gun. When the victim fell to the ground, all three suspects repeatedly hit and kicked him in the head.

They tied up the victim’s hands and ankles with a thin rope and threw him in a the victim’s truck and drove to the main house on the property where they duct taped him to a chair and held him for several hours as they interrogated him.

When the suspects left the victim alone, the victim was able to break the chair and escape, running barefoot out of the house and to the street. The victim was treated by paramedics at the scene for a contusion to the back of his head but did not require hospitalization.

All three suspects were located near the home on the property and were arrested without incident. At the scene, detectives later found the broken chair, duct tape, an axe and a .22 caliber rifle, all consistent with the victim’s statement. Ultimately all three suspects were booked into the Sonoma County Jail on charges of attempted murder, robbery, kidnapping, burglary, conspiracy, false imprisonment and vehicle theft. They remain in custody on $1.2 million bail.

The cultivators of the marijuana grow have filed for a county permit and any violations will be handled through Permit Sonoma.

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