Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 207 PC [Kidnapping], 236 PC [False Imprisonment], 245 PC [Assault with a Deadly Weapon], 422 PC [Criminal Threats]
Report Number:
2012-28783    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
207 PC [Kidnapping], 236 PC [False Imprisonment], 245 PC [Assault with a Deadly Weapon], 422 PC [Criminal Threats]
Location:
22190 Rivers End Road, Fort Bragg
When: Date: 10/26/2012 Time: 1439 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Tonya Scheurich 41 Transient Fort Bragg, Ca.
Victim #2: Andrew Jacobsen 62 320 East Redwood Street Fort Bragg, Ca.
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: James Lawson 41 22190 Rivers End Road Fort Bragg, Ca.
Suspect #2: Rachelle Sutherland 38 29700 Highway 20 Fort Bragg, Ca.
         
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: On 10/26/2012, deputies responded to the Mendocino Coast District Hospital where they contacted Tonya Scheurich and Andrew Jacobsen. Both reported that they had been kidnapped, held against their will and assaulted at 22190 Rivers End Road.

Scheurich and Jacobsen told deputies that they had been at that location when they were assaulted by James Lawson and/or Rachelle Sutherland with an unknown weapon(s). After being assaulted they were taken inside the residence at that location, restrained and interrogated for numerous hours. During that interrogation, both were either tormented, terrorized and/or threatened with death.

At one point Scheurich and Jacobsen were freed from their restraints and were able to flee the location. Both fled to safety and law enforcement was notified.

Both Scheurich and Jacobsen had visible injuries consistent with an injury caused by a blunt object.

Deputies later proceeded to the scene and recovered a weapon believed to be used during the assault.

At about 2100 hours, deputies located and arrested Sutherland at 29700 Highway 20. Sutherland was ultimately transported to and lodged at the Mendocino County Jail where she was booked on the listed charges.

On 10/27/2012 at about 2050 hours, deputies located and arrested Lawson at 21600 Bald Hill Road. Lawson was ultimately transported to and lodged at the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked on the listed charges.

Both Lawson’s and Sutherland’s bail was set at $100,000.00.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani