Three arrested in home-invasion robbery near Ukiah

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Three men were arrested and face multiple felony charges, including suspicion of committing an armed robbery to steal cash, marijuana and a vehicle from a remote Mendocino County home west of Ukiah.

Nathan Dominic Kurtz, 24, of Petaluma, Azuriah Dominic Paul, 24, of Sebastopol, and Christian Shane Waier, 25, of Capitola were taken into custody overnight Tuesday by Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies after they allegedly robbed at gunpoint two residents in the 17000 block of Low Gap Road in unincorporated Ukiah at about 8:30 p.m.

Investigators determined the home involved in the robbery was apparently an unlicensed cannabis operation, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators also think the suspects may have dropped additional evidence on Orr Springs Road, and are unsure if other vehicles and suspects were involved.

Each of the three suspects faces six felony counts, including kidnapping for ransom, false imprisonment, burglary and taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

The three suspects were booked into the Mendocino County Jail. Kurtz is being held on $385,000 bail. Waier’s bail is $295,000, while Paul’s is $275,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office dispatch line at 707-463-4086 or the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 707-234-2100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may also contact the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting hotline at 800-782-7463.

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