Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Vandalism and Willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying arrest
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Vandalism and Willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying arrest
44000 block of Willis Avenue Laytonville, Ca
When: Date: 7-24-2014 Time: 5:00 AM
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Suspect #1: Bruce Bates Jr. 35 Laytonville, Ca
Written by: Lieutenant Kirk Mason
Synopsis: On 7-24-2014 at approximately 5:00 AM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were called to the 44000 block of Willis Avenue in Laytonville, California (The Healthy Start Building) regarding vandalism.

Upon arrival Deputies noted that nearly every window to the building had been broken and a vehicle at the location also had a broken window. No property appeared to be taken from the building and $4,000.00 was the estimate of the total damage.

In an attempt to locate any suspect(s), Deputies searched the area at which time they located a possible suspect in a creek bed west of the building.

Contact was attempted and a short foot pursuit occurred wherein the Deputies were unable to detain the suspect.

At about 9:00 AM Deputies received additional vandalism reports from owners of residences in proximity of the Healthy Start Building.

While investigating these crimes the same suspect was observed in the area by the Deputies.

Once again the suspect ran from the presence of the Deputies which resulted in a second foot pursuit. The suspect was eventually apprehended and subsequently identified as being Bruce Bates Jr. of Laytonville, California.

Further investigation determined that at least 4 other citizens in the area had property vandalized by Bates.

The combined damage committed by Bates exceeded $6,500.00 (This amount includes the healthy Start Building). At the time of the investigation there was no indication that Bates was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the incident.

Bates was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of vandalism and willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying a Peace Officer in the performance of his/her duties. Bates was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten