Location: 600 block of Talmage Road
Victim: 42-year-old male of Ukiah
Suspect: Marco Fermin-Garcia (30-year-old male of Ukiah)
211 PC - Robbery (first degree) (Felony)
466 PC - Possession of burglary tools (Felony)
245(A)(1) PC - Assault with a deadly weapon (Felony)
11364(a) HS - Possession of paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
On 02/27/2022 at approximately 6:02 PM, UPD dispatch received a call reporting a robbery that was in progress at a residence located at 660 Talmage Road. The caller / victim advised dispatch that a male was stealing property from his residence and the suspect was armed with a tool and a knife. The victim provided dispatch with a description of the suspect. UPD officers responded and located the suspect, who was identified as Marco Fermin-Garcia, near the area of Babcock Rd. and Talmage Rd., with a pair of large bolt cutters in his hands. Based on the report of the suspect reportedly being armed with a knife; officers detained the suspect at gun point. He was placed into handcuffs without incident. EMS arrived at the scene and treated the victim for minor abrasions.
The investigation showed that the victim was inside his home when he heard a noise coming from his garage. He had been the victim of several burglaries over the past month, so he suspected someone was attempting to steal items from within his garage. He armed himself with a crowbar and exited his home. He observed the suspect exiting the garage with a set of vehicle tires that belonged to the victim. The victim confronted the suspect and attempted, verbally, to detain him. He pointed the crowbar at the suspect but the suspect taunted him by challenging the victim to strike him with the crowbar. The suspect was armed with a knife and a pair of bolt cutters and moved toward the victim. The victim retreated, but the suspect pursued him while swinging the bolt cutters at the victim. During this time the victim fell to the ground. It was unclear if his injuries were as a result of being struck with the bolt cutters, falling down, or a combination of the two.
The victim previously installed surveillance cameras and the footage showed the suspect used the bolt cutters to cut the lock on the garage, entering the garage and removing the set of tires.
A search of the suspect was completed and an open folding knife was located inside his pants pocket. The victim confirmed this was the knife the suspect threatened him with. Additionally, a methamphetamine smoking pipe was located inside the suspect’s pockets.
The tires were returned to the victim and he was released at the scene following treatment for his injuries.
The suspect was booked at the MCSO Jail where he is being held on $100,00.00 bail.
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