The following is a October 15 press release from the Mendocino Sheriff’s Department. The Mendocino Voice has not independently confirmed any of the information. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Felony Warrant Arrest
Misdemeanor Warrant Arrest (Out of County)
1 Marcela Drive in Willits, CA (Howard Memorial Hospital)
Date of Incident:
Joshua Thomas (33 year-old male from Covelo, CA)
Sergeant Quincy Cromer #2651
On 10-13-2016 at approximately 6:03 P.M., Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office were contacted by fugitive recovery agents regarding a subject named Joshua Thomas with multiple warrants for his arrest.
The fugitive recovery agents had been searching for Thomas in the Covelo area because he had multiple warrants issued for his arrest in Mendocino County and San Luis Obispo County. Deputies learned that Thomas was being transported by ambulance to Howard Memorial Hospital and the fugitive recovery agents were following the ambulance.
Deputies responded to the Howard Memorial Hospital Emergency Room where they contacted Thomas who was identified by his license photograph.
Sheriff's Office dispatch confirmed Thomas had two active felony arrest warrants from Mendocino County for 530.5(a) PC [Providing False Identification] and 245(a)(1) PC [Assault with a Deadly Weapon]. Sheriff's Office dispatch confirmed Thomas had two active misdemeanor warrants from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office for multiple drug charges and failure to appear.
Deputies placed Thomas under arrest without incident for the aforementioned warrants.
Thomas was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $120,000.00 bail for the Mendocino County felony warrants and $15,000.00 bail for both of the San Luis Obispo County warrants.
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten