Police: Woman arrested a third time for vehicle theft in Northern California

A Willits woman arrested twice in recent weeks for alleged vehicle thefts in Ukiah was arrested a third time Thursday for reportedly stealing a vehicle on Pomo Drive, the Ukiah Police Department reported.

According to the UPD, officers responded to the 300 block of Pomo Drive shortly after 6 a.m. April 1 for a report of a woman punching a man several times, then swinging at his head with a large shovel. When officers contacted the victim, identified only as a 23-year-old man, he said that he had met Eryka Smith, 28, several hours earlier while taking a walk, and she walked back to his house with him.

After a few hours, the man said the two argued and Smith hit him “several times with a closed fist.” After the victim told Smith to leave, she reportedly picked up a large shovel and swung it at his head, hitting his hand and cutting it. Smith then ran with the shovel and got into a parked car, not belonging to the victim, and drove off.

After officers contacted the owner of the vehicle, a stolen vehicle report was filed and a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) was issued. An off-duty UPD officer then saw the stolen vehicle parked along the southbound lanes of Highway 101, just north of the Burke Hill exit.

When on-duty officers responded, verified it was the stolen vehicle and contacted Smith, she reportedly refused commands to exit, then was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. The shovel swung at the assault victim was reportedly found in the vehicle, which was returned to its owner.

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Smith was transported to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley for medical clearance, and positively identified by the assault victim as his alleged attacker. Prior to being booked into Mendocino County Jail, Smith was determined to be on probation for prior battery and theft cases, including two prior vehicle thefts in Ukiah.

Because of the current Emergency Zero Bail Order, Smith had been released with court dates for the prior thefts, and due to “her continuing criminal behaviors and her risk to the public’s safety,” the UPD requested and was granted a bail enhancement for a total of $45,000 bail.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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