Two people were arrested on suspicion of purse snatch robbery involving a firearm, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said.
Travis Robert Mann, 36, and Sherry Jo Bennett, 34, were booked on suspicion of robbery, while Mann is additionally charged with possessing a firearm while committing a felony. Both are also suspected of possession of stolen property, since the car they were driving was reported stolen out of Washington, the sheriff’s office said.
A female victim, 39, called law enforcement to McKinleyville around 2:30 p.m. Monday to report an armed robbery that had just occurred. Authorities said the woman had arranged a ride with Mann and Bennett to run errands around Arcata.
As the group returned to McKinleyville, authorities said Mann stopped driving near the intersection of Babler Road and Grace Avenue.
“Mann then reportedly exited the vehicle, brandished a firearm at the victim and forcibly removed her from the vehicle,” the sheriff’s office said in a release. “Mann then took the victim’s purse and fled the area in the vehicle with Bennett.”
Sheriff’s deputies later traced their vehicle to Arcata, where city police found it in the Windsong Village area. Authorities also concluded the vehicle had previously been reported stolen.
Sheriff’s deputies found Mann and Bennett at a Tina Court residence, where they also found the firearm allegedly used in the robbery and keys to the vehicle the pair allegedly used to drive away. Deputies later determined that the firearm was reported stolen, the Sheriff’s Office said.
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Previously — Full Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office release:
On July 15, 2019, at about 2:30 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 2300 block of Grace Avenue in McKinleyville for the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.
Upon making contact with the 39-year-old female victim, deputies learned that the victim had arranged a ride with two subjects, later identified as 36-year-old Travis Robert Mann and 34-year-old Sherry Jo Bennett, in order to complete errands in the Arcata area. According to the victim, as the group returned to McKinleyville, Mann reportedly stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Babbler Road and Grace Avenue. Mann then reportedly exited the vehicle, brandished a firearm at the victim and forcibly removed her from the vehicle. Mann then took the victim’s purse and fled the area in the vehicle with Bennett.
During the investigation, deputies learned that the vehicle associated with Mann and Bennett may be in the City of Arcata. Officers with the Arcata Police Department were requested to assist in locating the suspect vehicle. Arcata Police officers located the vehicle in the Windsong Village area and the vehicle was later determined to be reported stolen out of Washington. While out with the vehicle, an Arcata Police officer observed a female subject matching the description of Bennett enter a residence on the 2100 block of Tina Court. The residence was known to be the primary residence of a subject on felony formal probation with a search clause.
Deputies responded the residence on Tina Court and made contact with Mann and Bennett, who were located inside. During a search of the residence, deputies located the firearm believed to be associated with the robbery. The firearm was later determined to be stolen. During a search of a purse associated with Bennett, deputies located the victim’s stolen property. During a search of Mann, deputies located car keys associated with the stolen vehicle.
Mann was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of robbery, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property and false identification to a peace officer.
Bennett was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of robbery and possession of stolen property.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Arcata Police Department for their assistance with this investigation.
Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity, should contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.