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Hopland robbery suspects ditch car in Healdsburg, prompting manhunt

Three men suspected of being involved in a home invasion robbery in Hopland led officers on a high-speed chase before ditching their sports car in Healdsburg and fleeing.

The men remained at large Friday night despite a three-hour manhunt involving several agencies focusing on the Westside Road area near Alderbrook Winery.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Department put out a call around 6:15 p.m. for other agencies to be on the lookout for three black men heading south on Highway 101 in an black Dodge Challenger, according to Sonoma County Sgt. Dave Pedersen.

The men were suspected of taking part in a robbery involving guns and drugs at a home in Hopland, Pedersen said.

Two Cloverdale police officers positioned themselves along Highway 101, spotted the sports car heading south and gave chase, according to Sgt. Stephen Cramer.

The suspect's car reportedly hit speeds up of up to 125 mph, Pedersen said.

Officers lost sight of the car but later learned residents had spotted it heading down Magnolia Lane, which is just south of the Westside Road off-ramp.

Officers found the car beside a vineyard, established a perimeter, and a started what became a full-scale, house-to-house hunt for the men in the neighborhood and surrounding vineyards and creek.

Investigators found a duffel bag in a vineyard they believe was discarded by the suspects, Pedersen said.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department helicopter Henry 1 was involved in the search, as were three canine teams and numerous law enforcement officers.


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