RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Tehama County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the victim and suspects in a violent robbery at a Tehama County marijuana grow. When it was over, one man was dead, and three men were facing a series of charges.
The man who was killed has been identified as Keo Oudone Vannarath, 37 of Redding.
The three men who were arrested are 31-year-old Roger Bounnhaseng, 26-year-old Alan Duane Doulphus Jr., and 23-year-old Chase Doulphus. All three men are from Fresno.
On Thursday, Tehama County Sheriff's Office deputies and officers from the Red Bluff Police Department responded to the AM/PM Market on North Main Street in Red Bluff regarding a report of a gunshot victim at that location.
The gunshot victim, later identified as Keo Vannarath had been transported to that location in a private vehicle.
The two other passengers of the vehicle reported they had been the victim of a robbery in the 15000 block of Hwy 36W, approximately 12 miles west of Red Bluff.
Vannarath was transported to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital via ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.
Based on witness statements, deputies determined the shooting occurred at 15800 Hwy 36W, Red Bluff where Vannarath and the two other individuals reside. Vannarath and the two individuals were involved in a medical marijuana growing operation and were in the process of harvesting the marijuana.
The witnesses reported they were approached by the three suspects who were armed with a shotgun, a semi-automatic type rifle, and a pistol. The intent of the three suspects was to take the processed marijuana.
Vannarath was shot during the robbery attempt, and the three suspects, and possibly a fourth individual, fled the scene in a sedan with a large amount of marijuana. Deputies immediately issued an all points Be on the Look Out (BOLO) for the vehicle and the suspects.
A short time later a CALTRANS worker reported that a vehicle and subjects matching the description drove through a construction zone traveling westbound on Hwy 36W toward Platina.
The California Highway Patrol, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, along with Tehama County Sheriff's Office personnel and the Tehama County District Attorney's Office personnel responded to the area.
California Highway Patrol officers, assisted by their helicopter, encountered the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle crashed off the roadway at Clear Creek Road, west of Cloverdale in Shasta County.
Alan Doulphus and Chase Doulphus were taken into custody at the scene of the crash. Chase Doulphus was transported to a local area hospital for injuries he sustained during the crash.
A large quantity of marijuana was seized from the vehicle.
Roger Bounnhaseng and possibly one other individual fled from the vehicle after the crash. Deputies and officers conducted an extensive area search using CHP K-9 units.
At about 5 p.m. Thursday, Bounnhaseng was taken into custody by deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. He was then turned over to deputies of the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, where he was later booked into the Tehama County Jail.
Alan Doulphus and Roger Bounnhaseng were booked into the Tehama County Jail on charges of Transportation of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for sale, and felony fleeing. Their bail has been set at $2,000,000.
Upon Chase Doulphus' release from the hospital he will be booked into the Tehama County Jail on the same charges.
The shooting death of Vannarath is currently being investigated and an open count of murder is anticipated.
The Tehama County Sheriff's Office is actively seeking to identify a fourth subject whose role in this crime is unclear at this time.
Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said he believes the robbery was essentially an inside job, since Bounnhaseng had knowledge of the grow, and had even tended it.