Safety Tips For The Holidays

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Tasha Thompson

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office typically experiences an increase number of calls for service regarding theft of mail during the holiday season. With the holiday season upon us and the increase of online shopping, we would like to provide some helpful tips to protect your packages.

  • Have your package delivered to an attended location.  Your place of work, a trusted friend, neighbor, or the carrier distribution center.
  • Know when your package will arrive.  Sign up for shipping notifications by text or email and try to have someone home or reschedule the delivery.
  • Request a signature for the item being delivered.  Especially for high value and important packages.
  • Insure your packages.  Companies will often offer automatic insurance, but make sure you ask prior to purchasing.
  • If you are shopping locally, place your packages inside the trunk or out of sight to discourage thieves from breaking into your vehicle.  Try to park in public areas or high traffic areas and be sure to unload your purchases as soon as possible.
  • Use letter slots inside the post office for mail or personally hand your mail to a letter carrier.
  • Do not leave your mail in your mailbox overnight.  Pick it up promptly after delivery.
  • Tell your post office when you will be out of town.  You can request them to hold your mail until you return.
  • Do not send cash in the mail.  Thieves will typically open holiday cards to steal money.

If you witness a mail theft in progress or you see something suspicious, please contact the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office immediately at (530) 621-6600.

 

 

Barricaded Armed Subject

For Immediate Release

Lieutenant Jim Byers

Barricaded Armed Subject

On November 17th, 2016 at 6:10 am, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a possible domestic violence situation at an apartment in the 3300 block of La Canãda Drive in Cameron Park.  According to the reporting party, there was an armed man holding a woman and her baby against their will at the apartment.

Responding Deputies were able to confirm the circumstances reported in the call and shortly after making contact with the involved parties, the woman and the baby were released, but the man, now identified as 37 year old Dylan Robert Johnson, refused to surrender to Deputies and indicated he was heavily armed.

Deputies secured the scene and called for Crisis Negotiators and SWAT, and began evacuating surrounding apartments.

Extensive negotiations began with Johnson, which lasted for several hours.  Eventually, Johnson fired one of the weapons inside the apartment.  After Johnson fired the weapon, tear gas was fired into the house.  Johnson refused to surrender, and began and continued to indiscriminately shoot weapons for several hours and the standoff continued into the night.

Due to length of this event, mutual aid was requested from Folsom PD and their SWAT team responded to assist with this incident.

At 2:10 am, Johnson moved to an open doorway and began firing directly at SWAT personnel and SWAT vehicles at the scene.  Due to the immediate threat to the public and to the officer’s safety, a SWAT officer shot and wounded Johnson.  SWAT Teams moved in and took Johnson into custody and immediately began treating him for his injuries.  Johnson was transported to a local trauma center for further treatment.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Protocol was also immediately activated as is standard procedure when any officer involved shooting occurs.  This is a multi-agency team of investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Placerville PD, South Lake Tahoe PD, and the District Attorney’s Office.  This team will conduct the investigation into this incident.

The investigation is currently underway and due to the extensive crime scene, there are still some evacuations in place and some road closures in place.

As is common procedure, the officer(s) directly involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave and at this time will not be identified.

 

dylan-johnson Dylan Robert Johnson DOB 02-27-1979

 

Burglary Suspect Arrested

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Tasha Thompson

On October 25, 2016, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of the El Dorado Hills Sports Club for a report of a vehicle burglary that had just occurred via window smash. An alert witness followed the suspect and provided EDSO with valuable suspect vehicle information as well as a direction of travel. The suspect violated numerous traffic laws while traveling from El Dorado County down to Sacramento County and fled from the witness. Area law enforcement agencies were made aware of what was transpiring and the fact that the suspect was fleeing towards Sacramento County. The California Highway Patrol located the suspect vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 50 in Sacramento near Watt Avenue. Upon initiating a traffic stop, the suspect vehicle rapidly turned into the parking lot of a motel near Stockton Boulevard. The fleeing suspect was arrested after he exited his vehicle and attempted to further flee on foot from CHP. The suspect was identified as Laronte Studesville, a 24 year old male with a listed address out of Antioch, CA.

EDSO deputies and detectives responded to Sacramento and continued with the burglary investigation stemming from the El Dorado Hills Sports Club. Numerous items of stolen property were recovered from Studesville’s vehicle including credit cards, cash and a computer. Detectives traced some of the items to a second burglary which had occurred at the Palladio in Folsom just minutes prior to the El Dorado Hills Sports Club burglary. Detectives and deputies determined that Studesville’s vehicle’s license plates had been covered up with phony paper license plates and he was in possession of a punch tool and a screwdriver. On October 25, 2016, Studesville was booked into the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges: burglary, mail theft, ID theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of stolen property. Studesville was released on bail the same day.  As of October 26, 2016, all of the recovered property identified as being stolen by Studesville on October 25, 2016, has been returned to its rightful owners.

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Booking Photo of Laronte Studesville