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Lake County CA Sheriff's Department
Tuesday January 17th, 2012 :: 09:49 p.m. PST

Vehicle Pursuit Of Armed Robbery Suspects Ends With Two In Custody. One Suspect Is Still Outstanding

Public Information Release
January 17, 2012
Sergeant Steve Brooks, Public Information Officer

On January 17, 2012 at approximately 12:48 pm, deputies responded to a residence located on Bridge Arbor Road in Upper Lake for a reported armed robbery. The victim reported that three black male adults, one of which was armed with a handgun took approximately thirty pounds of processed marijuana and $4,800.00 in cash. The suspects reportedly left the area in a black Honda Accord with bright green dealer plates.

Responding deputies located the suspect vehicle traveling South on Hwy 29 in the area of Hill Road and went into pursuit. They pursued the vehicle which took the 11th Street exit and turned onto Scotts Valley Road. The suspect vehicle turned onto Riggs Road and collided into a fence. The vehicle continued onto Martin Street and eventually stopped just West of Keck Road. 19 year old John Taylor Lawson and 19 year old Ben Etilo both of Antioch were arrested. The third suspect, whose identification is unknown at this time, ran from the vehicle towards Keck Road.

A search of the area was conducted by numerous Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies with apprehension K9’s, Lakeport Police Officers and California Highway Patrol Officers. A California Highway Patrol fixed wing aircraft was also brought in to assist with the search. At approximately 5:22 pm a resident on Martin Street reported seeing a subject carrying a handgun run down a driveway towards Keck Road. A perimeter was set up and a California Highway Patrol Helicopter equipped with a forward looking infrared (FLIR) unit conducted a search of the area. Deputies also searched the yards of several residences in the area. The suspect was not located and the search concluded at approximately 7:30 PM. The suspect is described as a black male adult approximately 20 years old, 6ft tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing blue pants, a white t-shirt and a red hat.

Both Lawson and Etilo were transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility. Lawson was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime and evading a peace officer. Etilo was charged with armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 262-4200.

Lake County CA Sheriff's Department
1220 Martin St
Lakeport, CA 95453

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-263-2690

Steve Brooks
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