Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 215 PC [Carjacking], 30305(a)(1) PC [Persons Prohibited From Owning or Possessing Ammunition], 11550(a) H&S [Use of Controlled Substance], 11364.1 H&S [Possession of Drug Paraphernalia]
Report Number:
2014-8416    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
215 PC [Carjacking], 30305(a)(1) PC [Persons Prohibited From Owning or Possessing Ammunition], 11550(a) H&S [Use of Controlled Substance], 11364.1 H&S [Possession of Drug Paraphernalia]
Location:
23000 Block of Howard St, Covelo, Ca.
When: Date: 04-03-2014 Time: 7:28 P.M.
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Michael Gunter 30 Willits, Ca.
Victim #2: Richean Watchman 31 Willits, Ca.
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Christopher Bayard II 31 Covelo, Ca.
Suspect #2: Lori Schwarm 30 Covelo, Ca.
         
Written by: Sergeant Darren Brewster
Synopsis: On 04-03-2014 at approximately 19:28 P.M. Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies received information from an Officer from the California Highway Patrol that a carjacking, with a firearm involved, had just occurred at Mile Post Marker 12 on Highway 162, Covelo.

It was learned the victims in this crime were in the area of Mile Post Marker 12 at the river. When the victims got into their vehicles (the red lifted Chevrolet truck, and another unknown vehicle) and began to drive away a large brown Ford truck cut the victims off, stopping both their vehicles. At that point Christopher Bayard and Lori Schwarm exited the suspect vehicle. Bayard got out of the vehicle pointing an unknown type handgun at both victims.

Bayard and Schwarm made the victim in the red lifted Chevrolet truck get out of the vehicle. Both Bayard and Schwarm then got into the Chevrolet truck and drove eastbound on Highway 162 towards Covelo.

Deputies were given a description of the stolen vehicle (red lifted Chevrolet truck), and were also advised the vehicle was last seen traveling towards Covelo from Mile Post Marker 12 on Highway 162.

Deputies located the suspect vehicle in the area of Mile Post Marker 21 on Highway 162, and a felony traffic stop was completed on the suspect vehicle in the 23000 block of Howard St., Covelo. At that time Christopher Bayard and Lori Schwarm were taken into custody.

During contact with Bayard and Schwarm they both showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. A used glass methamphetamine pipe and ammunition were located on the driver's side of the vehicle. Due to Bayard being a convicted felon, he was also arrested for possession of ammunition by a felon, and being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspect driving the Ford truck has not been identified and is still outstanding.

Bayard and Schwarm were transported to the Mendocino County Jail where they were booked on the listed charges with bail set at $75,000.00 each.

Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani