A call concerning a possible armed robbery came in to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office on December 8 around 5:30 p.m. from the Willits Police Department.
The details included the possible brandishing of a weapon and theft of marijuana by a male who fled in a black Toyota 4-Runner, with a white SUV chasing it.
Several law enforcement personnel went looking for the 4-Runner. A Lake County Investigator called in that he was following behind the fleeing vehicle in Willits.
WPD officers and deputies from the MCSO conducted a traffic stop on the 4-Runner on Highway 101. The suspect then took off once more, now at speeds exceeding 100 m.p.h.
Next, the suspect was located in Laytonville, where he “collided with a large Christmas Tree and the east side wall of a business.”
Two people in the now-disabled vehicle jumped out and fled on foot.
With the help of K-9 Bo, Christian Izac Flores was apprehended 3 miles away, although he at first gave law enforcement a false name.
The vehicle contained packaged marijuana.
While Flores was arrested for numerous charges, his unnamed accomplice remains at large.
He is described as “a white male adult, wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a dark colored beanie cap. The outstanding subject has a sleeve tattoo on his left arm extending down to the wrist where an image of a female holding a $100 bill with an image of a bridge exists.”