◼ Redway man held up, chases suspects
A 23-year-old Redway man handed over his wallet Saturday when a man reportedly looking to buy marijuana allegedly held a gun to his head during a drug sale at Redway Beach a little before 1 p.m.
Despite his handing over of the wallet, he was apparently determined not to let the alleged robbers get away.
Robert Anthony Mendez and a friend had met the three suspects at Beach and Oakridge roads in lower Redway, the Sheriff's Office reported.
”During that transaction one of the 'buyers' went to his vehicle and retrieved a handgun,” the news released stated. “The suspect pointed the gun at Mendez' head. A second suspect brandished a semi-automatic rifle and demanded Mendez' wallet.”
The three buyers then fled the scene with the marijuana. Mendez followed in his pickup. Near Dean Creek on Redwood Drive north of Redway, the suspect driver, identified as Amber Capri Wendorf, 20, of Chatsworth, stepped on her brakes, prompting Mendez to run into the rear of their vehicle with such force that their rear bumper was embedded in the front of his pickup.
The pursuit continued onto U.S. Highway 101 and headed south. Shortly after, according to the Sheriff's Office, Mendez reported seeing the front passenger lean out and allegedly fire several shots toward him. The victim also reported seeing several items being thrown from the suspect's vehicle....
...”A short way away,” the Sheriff's Office reported, “CHP officers and Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies had detained the three suspects after stopping their car.”
Following the incident, officers found the semi-automatic rifle that had allegedly been thrown from the suspects' vehicle, as well as several pounds of marijuana. Two people unassociated with the incident found Mendez' wallet and turned it over to authorities.
Officers arrested the suspects -- Nicholas Bradford Brown, 19, of Sherman Oaks; Rayshaun Antowina Brock, 28, of Inglewood; and Wendorf -- taking them to the Mendocino County jail in Ukiah. The three were later booked into Humboldt County jail, according to a jail spokesperson, on suspicion of robbery.