Photo: example of Polaris RZR off road UTV
LAYTONVILLE – On the afternoon of April 2, deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence in the 39000 block of old Sherwood Road to conduct a welfare check on an elderly resident there.
The deputy who arrived saw three Hispanic males – two standing by a “blue colored Polaris RZR off road utility vehicle (UTV) and the third “standing by a tan colored Polaris Ranger UTV, which had a small trailer attached to it.”
Thr first two males ran towards Highway 101. The third male hopped on the UTV, drove about 50 yards, then jumped off and ran.
With a description of the trio and a call for assistance, “Personnel from the Cahto Tribal Police, California Highway Patrol and Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist.”
The deputy who initially responded found a rifle by the UTV; he also noticed that its started had been tampered with, a screwdriver in the ignition.
Next, the deputy heard someone coming form out of the woods. He drew his service weapon and issued verbal commands in both English and Spanish, ” ordering the subject to come out and show his hands.”
The suspect was detained. He had a loaded magazine for a .45 caliber handgun and some meth. The gun belonging to the magazine was discovered in the woods nearby – a Colt .45 caliber model 1911 handgun.
Javier Madrigal Sanchez, a felon prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition, was evaluated and determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
The MCSO reports, “Sanchez was arrested for 29800 (A)(1) PC (Felon in possession of a firearm), 30305(A)(1) PC (Possession of ammunition by a prohibited person), 11550 (E) HS (Under the influence of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm), and 11370.1 (A) HS (Possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm).”
His bail was $35,000.