Deputies arrest 'person of interest' in Berry Creek double murder

Jan 8, 2015 12:51 PM by News Staff

Butte County sheriff's deputies arrested a heavily armed man Tuesday who they say is a person of interest in the murders of two Plumas County residents found dead near Berry Creek December 20.

While investigating the murders of Olga Kroencke, 56 and her husband, Mike Kroencke, 59, on December 29, detectives served a search warrant at a property on Galen Ridge Road in Berry Creek where they found an explosive device and several high powered firearms.

Following the search, detectives issued arrest warrants for the property owners, 44-year-old GD Hendrix and his mother 67-year-old Loretta Hendrix.

On Tuesday, detectives received a tip that GD Hendrix was at the Canyon Creek Store on Oro Quincy Highway, detectives set up outside the store and waited for GD. When he walked out of the store deputies announced their presence, GD Hendrix began to yell at the deputies, initially raised his arms, but then lowered them to his waist and began reaching under his jacket.

Deputies were able to force GD Hendrix to the ground and place him under arrest. After taking him into custody a search revealed that GD Hendrix was in possession of an AK-47 style semi-automatic assault rifle loaded with a 30 round magazine strapped to his back, a loaded .22 caliber revolver on his waist, and a loaded .223 caliber hunting pistol draped over his right arm. Hendrix also had a concealed dagger and brass knuckles around his neck.

GD Hendrix was booked into the Butte County Jail on multiple weapons and drug charges and is being treated as a person of interest in the Kroencke murders.

GD's mother Loretta Hendrix was arrested at a different location late Tuesday night and has also been booked into the Butte County Jail.

Olga and Mike Kroencke were found dead in a vehicle near Galen Ridge road on December 20 after their son reported they had not arrived at his Oroville residence when expected. Their bodies were found in close proximity to the home GD Hendrix and his mother were living in.


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