Monday, 15 July 2024

REGIONAL: Four arrested for alleged marijuana robbery

FORT BRAGG – Four young people – including two juveniles – were arrested Saturday for allegedly breaking into a Fort Bragg home in search of marijuana.


Elden Hogan, 21, of Roseville, Francisco Apodaca, 19, of Fort Bragg, and two 16-year-old male juveniles from Fort Bragg were arrested on charges of robbery, false imprisonment and conspiracy, according to Capt. Kurt Smallcomb of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.


Last Saturday at 2 a.m. Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to 17900 North Highway 1 in Fort Bragg in regards to a residential robbery, Smallcomb said.


On arrival deputies contacted the victim, who Smallcomb said advised them that at 1:45 a.m. he was asleep inside his residence when three subjects wearing dark clothing forcibly entered into his residence and struck the victim with an iron pipe.


Smallcomb said the victim reported that the suspects tied his hands behind his back at gunpoint and threatened to kill him if he yelled for help. The suspects then demanded his marijuana.


The victim reportedly told the suspects where his approximate 8 pounds of processed marijuana was at, Smallcomb said. The suspects retrieved the marijuana from inside the residence and then fled the location in a vehicle.


Deputies continued their investigation into the incident and received information that Apodaca may have had knowledge that the victim was in possession of large amounts of marijuana, Smallcomb said.


The deputies contacted Apodaca along with the two juvenile suspects from Fort Bragg. Smallcomb said the three were subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail and Juvenile Hall.


Deputies further learned that Hogan – who had family ties to Fort Bragg – fled to Roseville soon after the robbery. Smallcomb said the deputies, with the assistance of Roseville Police officers, were able to locate Hogan and he was subsequently arrested.


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