Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 11359 H&S-possession of marijuana for sale
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11359 H&S-possession of marijuana for sale
Registered Guest Road, Laytonville
When: Date: 01-08-11 Time: 11:45
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: people
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Justin L. Vandergriend 22 Registered Guest Road Laytonville. Ca
Written by: Sergeant Mike Davis
Synopsis: On 1-07-11 at approximately 11:45 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and Officers from the the California Highway Patrol, responded to a report of an armed robbery at a residence on Registered Guest Road in Laytonville. The resident reported that several Hispanic males armed with automatic weapons had entered his home for the purpose of stealing his marijuana.

While deputies were still en-route, the 911 dispatcher reported she could hear the sounds of gunfire over the open phone line. The dispatcher could hear only the sounds of the shots and the man's voice as if he was talking to himself. As the deputies approached the house, the dispatcher directed the man, later identified as 22 year-old Justin Lee Vandergriend, to set down the shotgun he held in his hands and walk out to meet them.

Vandergriend exhibited symptoms of being under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug. He was detained in handcuffs while his home and property were searched for possible suspects and/or potential victims. No other persons were found on the property and no evidence of any crime as reported by Vandergriend was corroborated.

A loaded shotgun and approximately 83 pounds of dried marijuana were located in the residence. Vandergriend was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale and transported to the county jail without further incident.
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