Sunday, 14 April 2024

REGIONAL: Group of suspects breaks into home; two arrested

UKIAH – Two men alleged to have been part of a group that robbed and assaulted several Ukiah residents were arrested earlier this month, with other suspects sought in the case.


Michael Diaz, 35, and David Diaz, 37, both of Redwood Valley, were arrested by Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies and booked on charges of robbery, burglary, vandalism and assault with serious bodily injury, according to Capt. Kurt Smallcomb.


Bail for the two, he added, has been set at $750,000.


Other possible suspects are alleged to have been involved in the incident, Smallcomb reported.


Just after 3 a.m. Jan. 17 Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Eastside Calpella Road regarding a home invasion robbery, he said.


Several victims at the residence – four males and two females, ranging in age from 19 to 21, and all from Ukiah, according to Smallcomb – reported that a small group of suspects had arrived and entered the residence by force, assaulted and terrorized several people inside the residence while demanding money.


Smallcomb said the suspects demanded future money from the victims and threatened to kill the victims if they reported the incident to law enforcement.


The incident was under investigation and deputies developed information that Michael Diaz and David Diaz were part of the small group of suspects, according to the report.


Smallcomb said both men were taken into custody in the 600 Block of North State Street in Ukiah and incarcerated at the Mendocino County Jail.


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