Ukiah Police Department

  • Agency: Ukiah Police Department
  • Address: 300 Seminary Avenue, Ukiah, 95482 CA
  • Chief: Chris Dewey (Chief of Police)
Phone: 707-463-6241
Fax: 707- 462-6068

Ukiah Police Department is located at 300 Seminary Avenue, Ukiah, 95482 CA. The Chief of Police of the department is Chris Dewey. The Ukiah Police Department phone number is 707-463-6241.

Ukiah Police Department News

Congratulations to Katie Mason, Tom Corning, Max Brazill and Andy Snyder for graduating from the Mendocino Leadership Development course. Six months of homework and classes - we are so proud of you! Great Job!

Press Release: A report of a stolen car leads to arrest UPD case # 18-0994 On April 19th at about 6:26 am, a UPD officer was dispatched to the Ukiah Hampton Inn, on Airport Park Blvd., regarding a stolen vehicle report. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the owner of the vehicle. The owner reported that the night prior on the 18th, he parked his black 2010 Toyota Prius, in the parking lot of the hotel. The owner stayed the night and the next morning noticed his vehicle missing, just prior to calling the police. At about 8:54 am, an alert UPD officer spotted the stolen vehicle traveling in 600 block of South Main Street. A high- risk enforcement stop was conducted on the stolen vehicle in the 300 block of South School Street, involving serval UPD units and closing the street for about 10 minutes. The driver and passenger were safely taken into custody. The driver was identified as Sergio Espinoza age 23 and passenger as Danielle Daugherty age 26, both transients. A records check revealed that both were on probation. Espinoza and Daugherty were placed under arrest for vehicle theft and for violation of their probation. Both were booked into county jail. As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe as possible. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cell phone and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website: www.ukiahpolice.com. Patrol Lt. David McQueary

Press Release: A call regarding man asleep behind the wheel of vehicle, leads officers to drug and firearms arrest UPD case # 18-0974 On April 17th at about 3:20 am, UPD officers were dispatched to the intersection of Cochran and Helen Avenue, to investigate a report of a male subject asleep at the wheel. The vehicle was reported to be stopped in the middle of the roadway. Officers arrived on scene and located a black colored Chevy Impala. The vehicle was running and the driver asleep. An officer woke the driver and could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, the officer suspected he was under the influence of drugs. The driver was identified as Joseph Angenete age 42, out of Willits. During the subsequent investigation, a loaded semi auto handgun was found, along with suspected methamphetamine, a meth pipe and marijuana. Angenete was placed under arrest for possession of meth for sale, transportation of meth, armed in the commission of a felony, armed prohibited person, possession of a controlled substance while armed and possession of a meth pipe. A record’s check revealed that the firearm had been reported stolen out of Georgia. Angenete was booked into county jail for the listed charges. As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe as possible. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cell phone and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website: www.ukiahpolice.com. Patrol Lt. David McQueary

Press Release: Subject who arms himself with pipe, threatens officers, and crawls under a business taken into custody UPD case # 18-0981 On April 17th at about 2:11 pm, a UPD officer was dispatched to the northeast corner of the Umpqua Bank parking lot, regarding transients loitering near parked vehicles and littering in the parking lot. The officer located and contacted the group in the parking lot. While talking to the transients, the officer heard a male subject screaming nearby and was flagged down by a female subject. The female, worked at a nearby business on E. Mill Street, The Office Bar. She advised that the male that was yelling, was located underneath the business, in the crawl space of the foundation. The subject was unknown to employees at the bar and he was unwanted at the location. The officer contacted the male subject at the crawl space opening. The male was lying on the ground, with only his head, an arm and shoulders protruding. The officer recognized the subject as Timmy Cooper age 56, from Ukiah, who had been arrested early this year for assault with a deadly weapon. Cooper was immediately hostile and uncooperative toward law enforcement, while threatening officers and arming himself with a pipe. A records check revealed that Cooper was on probation. Officers attempted to negotiate with Cooper, who became increasingly more agitated and threatening. Three officers had to crawl under the building, deploy pepper spray and the use of a Taser to take Cooper into custody. Cooper was booked into county jail for felony threats and resisting, violation of probation, along with committing a felony while out on release from jail. As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe as possible. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cell phone and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website: www.ukiahpolice.com. Patrol Lt. David McQueary

The Ukiah Police Department was just notified Low Gap Road is now open.

We had the priviledge of hosting the Mendocino County-wide Dispatch Appreciation Luncheon this year. Dispatchers from agencies within our county were able to visit, enjoy some lunch & win some raffle prizes. Thank you Dispatchers, for all you do! #ThankADispatcher #NationalPublicSafetyTelecommunicatorsWeek #WeAre911 #UkiahPoliceDepartment #WillitsPoliceDepartment #FortBraggPoliceDepartment #MendocinoCountySherrifsOffice #CaliforniaHighwayPatrol #CalFire

This week is "National Public Safety Dispatcher Week", and we can't begin to express the gratitude we have for the work our dispatchers do. Regardless of your emergency—whether it's a crime in progress, a traffic accident or a civil dispute, the first person who answers your call for help is a dispatcher. They work long hours to ensure our center is staffed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to answer frantic 911 calls for help. They also provide our law enforcement officers with much needed back-up, as well as important crime & officer safety updates during in-progress calls. Our dispatchers are true heroes who work tirelessly to ensure our safety. They represent the thin gold line between what could happen (without assistance) and what does happen when first responders arrive on time. On behalf of our entire community, thank you, dispatchers for all you do! #NationalPublicSafetyDispatcherWeek #NationalPublicSafetyTelecommunicatorsWeek #ThankADispatcher #UkiahPoliceDepartment

Press Release: Vehicle pursuit leads to arrest of juvenile for Reckless Evading, Resisting arrest and a Felony Robbery warrant Case # 18-0822 On 03-31-18 at approximately 10:10 PM, Officers were in the area of N. State St. and Ford Rd., when they observed a vehicle make an unsafe turn from N. State St. onto Empire Drive. The Officers attempted to make a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle for the traffic violation. The vehicle failed to yield to the Police vehicle’s emergency lights and siren and fled at a high rate of speed on Empire Drive. The vehicle continued driving at a high rate of speed throughout the Empire Gardens neighborhood with the UPD vehicle in pursuit. The driver of the vehicle eventually exited the vehicle, while it was still moving, and he fled into the backyard of a home on Irvington Drive. The unoccupied vehicle continued moving forward until it collided with the fence of a residence. UPD Officers chased the male and he was arrested after a brief foot pursuit, with the assistance of CHP Officers and MCSO Deputies. The 17-year-old male juvenile was identified and found to have a Felony arrest warrant out of Riverside County for Robbery. The male was lodged at the Mendocino County Juvenile Hall for the warrant and for violations of Felony Reckless Evading and resisting arrest. As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe a place as possible. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cellphone and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website; www.ukiahpolice.com . Sergeant Andy Phillips

Press Release: Murder suspect captured in Mexico On 09/04/2012, Manuel Rodriguez was suspected of being involved in the homicide of a 45 year old male, Duane Wesley Johnson. Johnson was discovered near the sidewalk of 329 N. Main St. beaten and unresponsive. Johnson was transported to UVMC where he succumbed to his injuries. A lengthy investigation led to identifying Manuel Rodriguez as the prime suspect in this case. Rodriguez fled to Mexico in order to avoid prosecution. A no bail felony murder warrant was issued for his arrest at that time. Since then, Rodriguez has been successfully avoiding capture. In 2018, information was developed that Rodriguez was living in Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico. The Ukiah Police Department worked in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service International Investigative Branch (IIB) to locate and capture Rodriguez. On Saturday, March 24th 2018, U.S. Marshals assigned to the Guadalajara Foreign Field Office along with Mexican Authorities were able to locate and detain Rodriguez at a McDonald’s restaurant in the outskirts of Guadalajara. Rodriguez was then transported to Mexican Immigration and formally deported from the Republic of Mexico back to the United States. On Sunday, March 25th 2018, UPD Detectives transported Rodriguez back to Mendocino County and booked him into the county jail for his outstanding felony warrant along with three outstanding felony warrants from Sonoma County. If anybody has any further information about this investigation please contact Ukiah Police Detectives at 707-463-6262. As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe as possible. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cell phone and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website: www.ukiahpolice.com.

Press Release: UPD Looking for burglary / warrant suspect that fled PD case # 18-0718 On March 19th at about 5:07 pm, an off duty officer observed a suspicious male subject, prowling around a residence in the 400 block of Luce Avenue. The off duty officer reported the prowler to UPD and relayed needed information to responding officers. While officers responded, the suspect got into a silver Toyota Camry that was parked in the parking lot of Mendocino County Behavioral Health, 1100 block of South Dora Street. As the suspect was driving the Camry out of the parking lot, a responding officer spotted him and attempted to perform an enforcement stop on the vehicle. The driver/suspect failed to stop and led officer on a short vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended as the suspect exited the Camry and fled over a fence into the Mulberry Apartment Complex. The suspect had left the Camry running and in gear as he exited, causing the Camry to hit a parked car and fence. Officers searched the surrounding area for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. During the subsequent investigation, the suspect was identified as Chayton Paul West age 27. A records check revealed that West had a felony out of his county for reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and driving unlicensed, bail set at $50,000.00. West also had felony warrant out of Davis for burglary, with a bail set at $50,000, and is on PRCS (Post Release Community Supervision) out of Sacramento. Officers found that the residence that West had been prowling around, had in fact been burglarized. In addition to the active warrant, the Ukiah Police Department will be submitting a case to the Mendocino County DA’s office for burglary, evading an officer, and hit and run. Chayton Paul West age 27 shown in the photograph, is described as a black male, short black hair, brown eyes, 5’11”, weighing around 170 pounds, with ties to Sacramento and the Laytonville area. If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of West, please contact the Ukiah Police Department at 463-6262. As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe as possible. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cell phone and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website: www.ukiahpolice.com. Patrol Lt. David McQueary

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 21, 2018 Contact: Debra Kubin, Superintendent (707) 472-5002 | dkubin@uusd.net Chris Dewey, Chief of Police (707) 463-6245 | cdewey@cityofukiah.com Reported Social Media Threats at UHS UPD case 18-0709 Ukiah, CA – Recently, a number of threats have appeared on the social media sites Facebook and Snapchat warning of an upcoming school shooting on the Ukiah High School (UHS) campus on Friday, March 23. The Ukiah Unified School District and the Ukiah Police Department take these threats very seriously and are actively investigating the posts. “During this ongoing investigation, we have interviewed students both on and off the campus and worked with parents and other community members to determine the origin of these concerns,” Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey said.Investigators have determined that these threats posted on social media sites are not connected to the arrest of a UHS student who brought a pellet gun to school. On Tuesday, March 20, school administrators received a report that a student had pulled out a pellet gun in the classroom. In collaboration with School Resource Officer Tony DeLapo, administrators investigated the matter, verified the information, quickly arrested the student and recovered the pellet gun within hours. A pellet gun is considered a weapon and not allowed on campus. All reports of any weapons are investigated immediately and thoroughly, according to Dewey. “It is against the law to bring any weapon on campus, including a knife,” Dewey said. UHS Principal Gordon Oslund said, “An investigation of this type takes top priority. Whatever the situation, we work with law enforcement to make sure students and staff members remain safe.” Superintendent Deb Kubin said, “Student safety is our highest priority, which is why we have processes and procedures in place to assess any threat to any of our campuses.” Dewey explained that while investigators and school officials continue to investigate the origin of this threat, UPD immediately increased the police presence and is working with law enforcement partners to ensure everyone’s safety, on and near the schools within the Ukiah Unified School District. He said, “If at any time during this ongoing investigation into social media threats we receive information we determine to be a credible threat, the Ukiah Unified School District and Ukiah Police Department will close schools to ensure the safety of both students and educators. The Ukiah Unified School District and Ukiah Police Department are committed to investigating each and every lead in this investigation, and we encourage everyone to please contact either a school official or the Ukiah Police Department with any information they may have. The Ukiah Police Department can be contacted at 707-463-6262.”

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 21, 2018 Contact: Debra Kubin, Superintendent (707) 472-5002 | dkubin@uusd.net Chris Dewey, Chief of Police (707) 463-6245 | cdewey@cityofukiah.com Student Arrested for Pellet Gun Possession on UHS Campus UPD case 18-0727 Ukiah, CA – On March 20, a Ukiah High School (UHS) student was arrested on suspicion of possessing a pellet gun on campus. School administrators received a report that a student had pulled out a pellet gun in the classroom. In collaboration with School Resource Officer Tony DeLapo, administrators investigated the matter and verified the information. “The students who reported their concerns and the evidence did exactly the right thing,” said UHS Principal Gordon Oslund. “In the wake of recent school shootings, it is more important than ever that we all look out for each other—students, faculty and staff.” A pellet gun is considered a weapon and not allowed on campus. All reports of any weapons are taken seriously and investigated fully, according to Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey. “It is against the law to bring any weapon on campus, including a knife,” Dewey said. Oslund said, “An investigation of this type takes top priority. We talk to the student, parents and teachers; review the student’s history, and then have the student evaluated by the school psychologist. The SRO also takes investigative measures. All of this is usually completed with a few hours. Oftentimes, concerns are based on conversations that were misheard or taken out of context. Sometimes, concerns are based on students who use poor judgment in their communication with one another. Whatever the situation, we work with law enforcement to make sure students and staff members remain safe.” Superintendent Deb Kubin stated, “Student safety is our highest priority, which is why we have processes and procedures in place to assess any threat to any of our campuses. I am grateful to the UHS administrators for their work today and for our strong partnership with law enforcement.” Dewey said, “School always has been and should continue to be, a place of safety for our students and educators, and I know that our law enforcement officers have made school safety one of our most important priorities. Most importantly, we couldn’t keep our campuses safe without our strong partnerships with students and educators. That’s why it’s so important that we share our concerns immediately to help maintain safety in our schools. If anyone sees something suspicious, hears something, or knows someone who might be thinking of harming someone - please report what you know immediately. Your actions in reporting concerns will be the difference in helping to keep our schools safe.”

Press Release: Contact of prowler leads to arrest for illegal firearm possession and burglary tools UPD case # 18-0706 On March 18th at about 10:35 pm, an on duty UPD officer observed a male subject prowling around the front doors of the Prime Market, on West Mill Street. The subject was carrying a small tool bag and three hatchets. The officer suspected the male subject may be trying to break into the business and contacted him. The subject was identified as Julian Salazar age 43, out of Sacramento. During the subsequent investigation, Salazar was found to have a concealed loaded 9mm semi-auto handgun on his person, along with a set of bolt cutters, metal files, pliers, chisels, gloves, and a methamphetamine smoking pipe. A records check revealed Salazar was a convicted felon and no record could be found on the firearm, he illegally possessed. Salazar was placed under arrest for felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm in public, carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia. Salazar was booked into county jail. As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe as possible. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cell phone and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website: www.ukiahpolice.com.

Craig helping out our CSOs out in the field today.