Mendocino Sheriff Arrests Suspect in Carjacking and Robbery of Man Attempting to Purchase Marijuana Shake
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 08-27-2018 at approximately 4:00 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a carjacking in the 8600 block of West Road in Redwood Valley, California.
This specific location was in front of the Eagle Peak Middle School.
Upon arrival the Deputies contacted Jarvais Primus and learned an unknown male adult had ambushed him at the intersection of Ellen Lynn Road and West Road.
During the ambush, the unknown male adult pointed a pistol at Primus and stole his rental vehicle which contained a large amount of U.S. currency. Primus last saw the unknown male adult fleeing the area in the stolen rental vehicle while heading south on West Road.
Deputies learned the ambush occurred while Primus was attempting to purchase shake marijuana for the purpose of processing it into marijuana oil. Primus reportedly had a business which legally sold Vape pens and marijuana oil in California and Georgia.
Upon further questioning Deputies suspected a mutual friend of Primus might have been involved in the ambush. During this questioning and research of social media, Deputies were able to identify the unknown male adult as being John Bellotti Jr., who was the husband of the mutual friend.
Further investigations suggested Primus and Bellotti Jr. knew each other from prior contacts.While Deputies were interviewing Primus, his stolen rental vehicle was spotted traveling northbound on Highway 101 in Redwood Valley by a Fish & Wildlife Officer.Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Fish & Wildlife Officer became involved in a pursuit of the stolen rental vehicle north on Highway 101 going past Willits. Law Enforcement personnel eventually lost sight of the stolen rental vehicle south of the Highway 101 and Highway 162 intersection. The stolen rental vehicle was later located abandoned on Dos Rios Road.
On 08-28-2018 at approximately 10:00 AM Bellotti arrived at the Sheriff’s Office Ukiah station without notice and surrendered himself.
Bellotti was subsequently arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail for the listed violations and was to be held in lieu of $75,000.00 bail.Charges:
215(a) PC (Carjacking)
211 PC (Robbery)
2800.2(a) CVC (Evading Peace Officer/Reckless Driving)