Mendocino County Sheriffs Looking For Suspects In Armed Robbery At Cannabis Grow

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects in an armed robbery that took place during the weekend at a cannabis grow.

On Saturday, September 21 at around 6:20 a.m., the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call about an armed robbery that had happened earlier in the morning at a residence in the 900 block of McNab Ranch Road in Ukiah, California.

Deputies responded and interviewed a 43-year old male at a Redwood Valley residence who said that he was one of two victims of an armed robbery.

The deputies located and interviewed the other male at a separate residence in Ukiah.

According to the two males, they were guarding a cannabis cultivation operation at the property on McNab Ranch Road on Saturday morning when a group of six to eight masked Hispanic males armed with firearms surprised them at around 1:45 a.m.

The group of suspects confronted one of the two males while he was in his vehicle and shot at him when he attempted to drive away.

The suspects proceeded to pull the man from his vehicle and kick him in the face several times, causing injury.

Both males were bound and put on the ground while the suspects took cannabis plants from two greenhouses located on the property and loaded them into a vehicle.

When the suspects had left the area, the two males freed themselves from their restraints and walked toward Ukiah; one of their vehicles had been stolen by the suspects and the other was damaged from gunfire.

The pair soon discovered the stolen vehicle on the side of the road and drove to Ukiah before calling 911 to report the incident.

Patrol deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and detectives from the County of Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team (COMMET) responded to the property where the incident occurred and processed the scene.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the investigation of the incident did not reveal any evidence that the cannabis cultivation operation taking place on the property was licensed for growing or processing.

COMMET’s investigation is ongoing at this time.