Sunday, 14 April 2024

Suspect arrested in north Lakeport shooting

LAKEPORT – A Southern California man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a north Lakeport man earlier this year.

Raymundo Catalan, 31, a painter from North Hollywood, was arrested Feb. 9 for attempted murder, according to Capt. James Bauman of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Catalan was booked into the Lake County Jail on Tuesday, according to jail records. His bail is set at $750,000.

He was arrested for the Jan. 4 shooting of 35-year-old Marshall Wisterman, Bauman said.

Deputies found Wisterman – who had been shot in the abdomen – lying in the hallway of his home in the Lakeside Village Estates mobile home park in north Lakeport, as Lake County News has reported.

Bauman said witness statements and evidence at the scene revealed at the time that an unidentified man had come to Wisterman’s home to talk to him. When an argument ensued between the men outside of the home, the man shot Wisterman at close range before fleeing the scene.

Wisterman was flown by air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound and later released, Bauman said.

The reason for the argument that apparently led to Jan. 4 shooting is still under investigation, Bauman said.

However, he added that detectives have determined that a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol was used in the attempted murder of Wisterman.

He said the weapon is still outstanding but a slug was recovered from the scene.

The Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, which led the investigation into the shooter's identity and the motive for the apparent attempt on Wisterman’s life, focused in on Catalan as the suspect not long after the incident, Bauman said.

Within days of the incident Lake County Superior Court Judge Richard Martin signed a $750,000 warrant for Catalan's arrest. Although he's from North Hollywood, Catalan was determined to have ties in Lake, Sonoma and Marin counties, according to Bauman.

For the past month, sheriff’s detectives have coordinated with the California Department of Justice and the U.S. Marshal’s Service in determining Catalan’s whereabouts, Bauman said.

On Feb. 9 Catalan was located at a restaurant in North Hollywood by a team of U.S. Marshals. Bauman said he was arrested without incident.

When the U.S. Marshal's Service apprehended Catalan, he allegedly had a large quantity of methamphetamine in his vehicle, Bauman said.

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