Shasta Co. high speed chase started with robbery in Lakehead


LAKEHEAD, Calif. - Two were arrested and one is still on the loose following a high speed chase through Shasta County Saturday morning. 

Gary Bennett, 57, of Corning, and Lorito Bolayog, 38, of Cottonwood, were both arrested after allegedly robbing and attacking an elderly victim, stealing his car, taking law enforcement on a high-speed chase, and trying to evade arrest. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, the incident began when deputies were called shortly before 8 a.m. to the area of Night Hawk lane in Lakehead for a reported robbery. While deputies were responding they were told that the three suspects had stolen the elderly victim's vehicle after assaulting him. 

Deputies started to pursue the stolen red 2003 Ford Ranger with a red camper shell southbound on Interstate 5 near Bridge Bay. The suspects refused to pull over the truck and a pursuit was initiated. 

While chasing the trio, SHASCOM updated deputies that the victim was severely beaten and his firearms were stolen. The suspects were reported as using knives and firearms during the robbery. 

Bennett drove the stolen car into the City of Anderson where he tried to evade deputies before returning onto I-5. Deputies continued to pursue the Ford Ranger until it exited onto Main St. in Cottonwood. Deputies continued pursuing the Ford Ranger southbound on Main St. until it turned onto Lake California Dr. in Tehama County.

Officials said that the occupants of the Ford Ranger began throwing items from the vehicle that deputies believed were firearms.

The Ford Ranger continued traveling toward Lake California which is a populated gated community. Based upon the totality of the circumstances, deputies believed the suspects would be a severe public safety risk if the vehicle was allowed to go into the gated community. A deputy from the City of Shasta Lake was able to utilize a legal intervention technique which resulted in the Ford Ranger exiting the roadway.

As the Ford Ranger was exiting the roadway it collided with another motorist, who was uninjured. 

Bennett and Bolayog got out of the vehicle and tried to run from deputies but were stopped by police. Deputies later recovered a loaded handgun that was thrown from the window of the Ford Ranger along with stolen property belonging to the victim.

A third suspect who was not in the Ford Ranger is still outstanding. The Shasta County Major Crimes Unit was called out to assist and will be assisting with the remainder of the investigation to identify, locate, and arrest the outstanding suspect

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