Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 29800(a)PC [Felon in possession of firearm, 18715(a)(1)PC [Possession of destructive device/explosive near school grounds], 30305(a)PC [Possession of ammunition by felon], 496 PC [Possession of stolen property]
Report Number:
2014-14346    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
29800(a)PC [Felon in possession of firearm, 18715(a)(1)PC [Possession of destructive device/explosive near school grounds], 30305(a)PC [Possession of ammunition by felon], 496 PC [Possession of stolen property]
Location:
2000 block of South Dora Street
When: Date: 06-04-2014 Time: 11:00 AM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Eric France 45 Ukiah, Ca
         
Written by: Lieutenant Jason Caudillo
Synopsis:
On 06-04-2014 at 11:00 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Detectives executed a search warrant at an apartment in the 2000 block of South Dora Street in Ukiah, California.

During the search of the apartment, Detectives located a loaded Glock 9mm pistol that had been previously reported stolen in a burglary of a Potter Valley residence. Detectives also located several electric blasting caps, commonly used to detonate commercial grade explosives, inside the apartment.

As a precaution, the neighboring apartments were evacuated. Residents of apartments on the same block were asked to shelter in place. Grace Hudson Elementary School was notified of the potential danger and advised to keep all children inside their classrooms.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office was contacted and a Deputy trained in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) was dispatched to the scene.

The tenant of the apartment, Eric France, was not present during the service of the search warrant. A be-on-the-look-out (BOLO) was sent to all local law enforcement agencies. The BOLO directed law enforcement to arrest France, a convicted felon, if located.

At approximately 6:00 PM, Deputies with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office located France in the 100 block of Laws Avenue and took him into custody without incident.

France was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $175,000.00 bail.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten