Ukiah man arrested on suspicion of brandishing handgun at teenage siblings

Authorities arrested a man on suspicion of brandishing a handgun at two teenagers walking through a Ukiah parking lot on Saturday evening, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

At around 6:40 p.m., deputies received a report of a man with a firearm at a business parking lot on North State Street.

Upon arriving, they determined that the man, later identified as Jacob Sellmer, 32, of Ukiah, brandished the weapon after approaching a 19-year-old man and his 16-year-old sister, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sellmer asked the siblings if they had a problem and pulled the gun from his pants pocket. The two ran away immediately.

Deputies found Sellmer nearby and arrested him on suspected charges of brandishing a firearm and violation of probation for a prior vandalism conviction.

Sellmer was booked into the Mendocino County Jail and later released from custody on pre-trial release, according to inmate records.

You can reach Staff Writer Ethan Varian at or 707-521-5412. On Twitter @ethanvarian

Ethan Varian

Housing and homelessness, The Press Democrat 

I've lived in California for most of my life, and it's hard for me to remember when the state hasn't been in a housing crisis. Here in Sonoma County, sharply rising housing costs and increasing homelessness are reshaping what was long considered the Bay Area’s “affordable” region. As The Press Democrat’s housing and homelessness reporter, I aim to cover how officials, advocates, developers and residents are reacting to and experiencing the ongoing crisis.

UPDATED: Please read and follow our commenting policy:

  • This is a family newspaper, please use a kind and respectful tone.
  • No profanity, hate speech or personal attacks. No off-topic remarks.
  • No disinformation about current events.
  • We will remove any comments — or commenters — that do not follow this commenting policy.
Send a letter to the editor

Our Network

The Press Democrat
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Sonoma County Gazette