Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 422 PC [Criminal Threats], 29800 PC [Prohibited Possession of Firearm], 30305 PC [Prohibited Possession of Ammunition]
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422 PC [Criminal Threats], 29800 PC [Prohibited Possession of Firearm], 30305 PC [Prohibited Possession of Ammunition]
31000 block Highway 20, Fort Bragg, Ca.
When: Date: 05-01-2014 Time: 11:30 A.M.
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Patricia Petersen 61 Fort Bragg, Ca.
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Stephen Benbow 51 Fort Bragg, Ca.
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: On 05-01-2014 at approximately 6:15 P.M., Deputies were dispatched to a report of criminal threats that occurred at a residence in the 31000 block of Highway 20 in Fort Bragg the same date at about 11:30 A.M. Deputies contacted and spoke to the victim, Patricia Petersen, and learned that her landlord, Stephen Benbow, had threatened to kill her with a firearm if she did not vacate the property.

Deputies had previously received (April 2014) a report from neighboring properties that a firearm had been discharged at this location. Deputies contacted Benbow at the location and were unable to determine if a firearm was actually discharged.

Deputies established that Benbow is prohibited from possessing firearms and sought a search warrant for firearms and related contraband and a Ramey arrest warrant for violation of 422 PC. The warrants were granted and on 05-02-2014 at approximately 11:30 hours, Deputies served the search warrant at Benbow's property. During that search, Deputies located two firearms and containers of ammunition in Benbow’s possession. Benbow was taken into custody without incident at the location on a Ramey Warrant and was additionally charged with 29800 PC and 30305 PC.

Benbow was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was booked on the listed charges. Benbow is being held in lieu of $45,000.00 bail.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani