Man arrested in Mammoth after lengthy foot pusuit

Mammoth Lakes Police Department officers had a lengthy foot pursuit on Monday afternoon before arresting a 21-year-old man from Texas.


A press release from the MLPD states that Monday at about 3:40 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officer Doug Hornbeck while on
routine patrol stopped to contact a white male adult who was panhandling near the Laurel Mountain Blvd entrance to the Gateway Mall.

Beginning with a consensual encounter, the Officer Hornbeck conducted a ‘Field Interview’ in an effort to identify and learn more
about the subject. The subject gave Officer Hornbeck different names and began acting suspiciously.

Officer Hornbeck observed a knife on the subject’s belt and began to frisk the subject to secure that knife and to check for other
weapons to protect both himself and the public. The subject suddenly pulled away and ran, with Officer Hornbeck giving chase and he immediately let other officers know he was in foot pursuit.

MLPD Officers as well as MCSO Undersheriff Moriarty chased the subject for approximately 15 minutes, through the Shady Rest
Tract forest, to Manzanita, around several apartment and condo buildings near Sierra Nevada and Chaparral, through backyards
north of Sierra Nevada Rd eventually taking him into custody behind the Arrowhead Apartments at the Corner of Arrowhead and
Sierra Nevada.

Several citizens along the way pointed officers in the direction he had fled, which greatly assisted officers staying on the trail of the
subject. The suspect, eventually identified as Cody Alan Terrell, age 22, from Irving, Texas also got to meet the new police chief, Al
Davis, as it was Chief Davis who ultimately caught and handcuffed him.

Terrell was charged with Resisting, delaying or obstructing police officers and giving false information to police officers. Terrell gave
no explanation as to why he ran from Officer Hornbeck.

The press release continues that at the same time this incident was occurring, the Mono County dispatcher received a call regarding
a subject who was deceased. Mammoth PD officers were still chasing Terrell, so Mammoth Fire and Mono County Paramedics
responded to Sierra Manors Condos and confirmed that the subject was deceased.

For some of the officers from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and CHP who were responding from out of the area to back-up Mammoth PD, and for some listening on scanners, there was initial confusion that the two incidents were related, however they were not. The death appeared to be from natural causes, but is pending the Mono County Coroner’s report.

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department would like to remind the public that per the California Vehicle Code, you must pull to the right
for Emergency Vehicles displaying red lights and siren.

Responding officers encountered several cars that complied with this law, however there were several motorists that maintained driving in the number one lane and some actually pulled to the left. This is
extremely unsafe and against the law. Emergency Personal responding with lights and sirens cannot legally pass a car on the right.

The MLPD, MCSO and FIRE/EMS personnel ask for the public’s cooperation in this very important requirement. This will allow
emergency personnel to respond quicker to emergency situations as well as keep motorists safe.



11 Responses to Man arrested in Mammoth after lengthy foot pusuit

  1. High Water March 23, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    So what’s your solution to the problem Eastside Bum?
    That it needs to stop immediately?
    Mammoth is to beautiful?
    Because you don’t like it?

    According to the feds the unemployment rate is 5.5% our economy is stronger than its been in YEARS!!! (That’s funny)
    THERE IS ONLY 50 MILLION Americans on food stamps and 11 million undocumented immigrants don’t want to call them illegal that would be mean.

    You want these people to wax your skis or load you on a chair lift or stock shelves so you can purchase a nice bottle of wine. But how can these people afford to live in your beautiful scenic Mammoth Lakes?
    They can’t!
    You know how much it cost to park a r.v. in a campground in Mammoth?

    My point is taking them out of the public eye doesn’t solve the problem. It can’t just STOP! because you don’t like it.
    You may not be one. but trust me there are more Americans than you know who are 1 paycheck away from being homeless.

    I’ve said this before on here.
    Let’s start to look at things in a different lense

  2. tm March 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Wow! This is a serious crime. I hope they throw the book at him!

    • Eastside Bum March 20, 2015 at 8:21 am #

      By reading both of your and sugar’s responses, I discovered that there are some folks in Mammoth who “don’t get outside much”. Most locals are fully aware of what goes on in this community on a regular basis, the good and the “not so pleasant”.

    • Trouble March 23, 2015 at 6:06 am #

      tm- What’s the serious crime? Pan Handling?

      • tm March 23, 2015 at 9:17 am #

        trouble- Yes, pan handling and running away from the police. Hopefully he’ll get a lot of State Prison time for that!

      • High Water March 23, 2015 at 9:28 am #

        I believe tm was being sarcastic!!!

  3. Eastside Bum March 18, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

    Panhandling in Mammoth needs to stop, immediatley! Locals are very irritated over this, during the past several summers. The tourists do not expect to see this in such a beautiful area either!

    • sugar magnolia March 19, 2015 at 7:51 am #

      I was assuming you were being facetious but based on the thumbs up, maybe not….or others think you are serious. I’ve never seen a panhandler in Mammoth in the 21 years I’ve lived there.

      Most likely, this person is battling some type of mental illness. But if they find he has warrants out for him, I’ll be happy they nabbed him.

      MLPD does a pretty good job of protecting and serving….while not trampling on people’s rights. Something that most PD’s seem to be struggling with these days.

      • enoughalready March 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

        Hey Sugar Magnolia – (blossoms blooming) I had never seen a panhandler either in my 30+ years in Mammoth….until today. (Seen a couple bums come and go.) I would not think that after 4 years of drought and another rough ski season for the local economy that Mammoth would be the best place to stand around with your hand. Unless maybe you are a “local”. But then again what a beautiful day to stand around with your hand out.

      • Sierra Lady March 22, 2015 at 9:26 am #

        Way to go Officers and Chief Davis!

        @ SM, I’ve resided here 32 years and have seen several pan handlers in town during this time. Just saw a fellow outside my office last Friday and called Sgt. Moscowitz on his cell, but he said unless that person is physically blocking the way of someone wanting to pass by that pan handling is not illegal.

        It might be generous to buy the pan handler a meal or offer to get them a hotel room for the night.

        B. Richter

  4. Sean March 18, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Good obs Officer Hornbeck! This crook sounds like a serious crime waiting to happen. Officer Hornbeck’s good instincts and police work may have stopped this guys from committing a more serious crime out of desperation (like a burglary or carjacking). I will be disappointed if the DA doesn’t file some charges on this guy. We don’t need people like this in Mammoth!

    And how awesome is it that the new Chief takes the guy down!


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