Lassen County Sheriff’s Office arrest ‘armed and dangerous’ man

UPDATE: Maitland Carpenter has been arrested.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 10:30 AM
Updated: Feb 22, 2020 4:24 PM

UPDATE: 10:08 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 -  Police say that the suspect that they identified at the beginning of this week as armed and dangerous for the kidnapping has been arrested. 

Maitland Carpenter was taken into custody following a five hour stand-off near Susanville, the Lassen County Sheriff's Office says. 

Pictured: Maitland Carpenter

Pictured: Dorothie Janaybean Crosby

The office received a report around 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 that Carpenter was holding a person at gunpoint in a home north of Susanville.

Eventually, officers and deputies used smoke bombs to get everyone safely out of the home after a multi-agency intervention. 


UPDATE: 7:11 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 - The Lassen County Sheriff's Office tells Action News Now the woman, Dorothie Janaybean Crosby, has been found alive in Susanville and is safe. The suspect, Maitland Carpenter, still remains at large.

Officials have released a photo of the suspect vehicle, you can find that photo above. The car is a gold Hyundai Santa Fe with a California license plate reading 5XIL173.

If you have any information, call the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 530-257-6121.

Stay with Action News Now as we continue to follow this story.


UPDATE: 6:02 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 - Action News Now has confirmed that Lassen County  Secret Witness is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the capture of 41-year-old Maitland Carpenter. The Secret Witness phone number is (775) 322-4900. 


SUSANVILLE, Calif. – The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man they said is armed and dangerous and believed to have taken a woman against her will.

41-year-old Maitland Carpenter arrived at a house in Susanville on Monday morning. Deputies said he left the house with a woman identified as 25-year-old Dorothie Janaybean Crosby.

Carpenter was last seen leaving the Susanville area with Crosby. Deputies said Crosby is considered to be at-risk and that Carpenter took her against her will.

Carpenter is known to visit the Reno and Sacramento areas. He has been a resident of Susanville on and off for several years.

The Lassen County Sheriff's Office said there is a "very good possibility" that Carpenter could be coming through Chico and/or Redding.

Deputies said if you’re contacted by Carpenter, do not approach him, he is considered to be armed and dangerous.

In 2018, the sheriff's office said Carpenter shared "he is not afraid to kill someone to avoid capture". Also in 2018, he had "a variety" of sexual assault and kidnapping charges, as well as a felony warrant for terrorist threats, for which he was never arrested for.

He is described as 6'1, 220 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 530-257-6121 if you have information.

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