DATE:  "July 24, 2022"


Incident Number: 


245(A)(1) PC  (Assault with a Deadly Weapon)

594(B)(2) PC  (Vandalism)

211 PC  (Armed robbery) 

76000 block of Lovell Street in Covelo, CA

76000 block of Highway 162 in Covelo, CA

Date of Incident: 

2:25 PM

Adult Male  (63-year-old from Covelo, CA)

Adult Male  (25-year-old from Covelo, CA)

William Leroy Peckham (37-year-old male from Covelo, CA)

Written By: 
Sergeant J. Wells #2420

On 07-21-2022 at about 2:25 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a call about an neighbor dispute occurring in the 76000 block of Lovell Street in Covelo, California.

The caller advised William Peckham was yelling at them and had thrown a toy at the person but had since left the location. 

It was later learned Peckham had allegedly thrown a cast iron skillet at the caller along with numerous other items, one of which struck the caller. Peckham had also used a metal crutch to break the window out of the caller's residence.   

On 07-21-2022 at about 4:00 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a call from a business in the 76000 block of Highway 162 in Covelo, California.

The employee advised William Peckham had entered the store and took items without paying for them.  When the manager confronted Peckham, he (Peckham) stated was going to shoot the employees who were working.

The manager fearing for his safety and the safety of the employees allowed Peckham to leave the business with the items.  Peckham returned shortly afterwards, walking into the store and grabbed a soda and again left the business without paying. 

Sheriff's Deputies arrived along with Round Valley Tribal Police officers and contacted Peckham who was sitting across the street from the business.  Peckham was found to be in possession of the stolen items. Peckham was arrested for robbery (211 PC). 

Deputies went to the 76000 block of Lovell Street and contacted the first caller who reported the neighbor dispute earlier in the day.  Deputies collected evidence regarding the vandalism and assault. 

Peckham was further arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (245 PC) in connect with that incident. 

Peckham was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $125,000.00 bail.

Approved by: 
Captain Gregory L. Van Patten  #1184
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Kendall, Sheriff-Coroner
951 Low Gap Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4411,
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