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Posted on: December 22, 2018

Home Invasion Armed Robbery in Island Mountain

MOLINA mugshot

On December 21, 2018, at about 8:35 p.m., a male victim called 911 reporting that he and his daughter had been robbed at gun point at his residence located on Sesame Loop Road in the Island Mountain area of Southern Humboldt County.

The victim stated he and his daughter were confronted at gun point by two young Hispanic males in their early twenties who knocked on the front door. The two men duct taped the victims and forced the male victim to open two safes in the house and garage. The male victim and his daughter were both beaten with firearms and then placed in a closet that was barricaded by the suspects to prevent the victims from escaping. The male victim was eventually able to get he and his daughter free and called 911. Cash, gold and silver coins, and seven firearms were taken. The male victim then discovered his 2016 GMC Denali had been stolen. OnStar was contacted and located the vehicle traveling south on Bell Springs Road.  CHP and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were notified to be on the lookout for the vehicle. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle south of Laytonville on US 101 and OnStar disabled the vehicle. One suspect, 21-year-old Franklin Molina 7, refused to comply with orders to exit the vehicle and a standoff ensued. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team responded to the scene with their Bear Cat. Molina was eventually taken into custody by Medocino County Sheriff's deputies for resisting arrest and failure to comply with a peace officer's direction. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and medical clearance. 

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office authored a Ramey Warrant for robbery, false imprisonment, kidnapping, burglary, vehicle theft, assault and carjacking. The stolen GMC Denali was secured and towed for evidence.

The second suspect is still on the loose and his whereabouts are unknown at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the H.C.S.O. at (707 )445-7251. Refer to case 201806595.

We would like to thank the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office for their invaluable assistance in taking Molina into custody. 

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