Ex-Coast Guard member, mom charged in armed attack
By GARY KLIEN | The Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal | Published: November 3, 2012
A former Coast Guard member and her mother were charged with robbery and other counts Friday for an alleged armed attack at the home of a suspected marijuana dealer in Novato, authorities said.
A third suspect who was allegedly dressed as a fairy remains at large.
Teresa Leanne Gollihugh, 20, and her mother, Keren Ann Blake, 39, of Petaluma are scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges of robbery, residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapon, said District Attorney Ed Berberian.
Both women remain in custody at the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The incident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday at 2445 Center Road in Novato, where a man was heard yelling for help and neighbors called 911.
Novato police arrived to find the resident bleeding from a cut on the head. He was taken to Novato Community Hospital, where he received "extensive sutures," police said.
The 46-year-old victim told police that a woman in a fairy costume came to the home and asked to use the phone, and he let her in. Then another woman in military fatigues entered the home and pulled a black handgun, and a struggle ensued.
The gunwoman called for help from her mother outside, and the mother came in and joined the fight, police said. The victim said the gun was dropped during the struggle and the women attacked him with a metal lamp, a coffee mug and bottles of alcohol, police said.
The victim said he was able to escape the
house, and the women fled with a laptop computer. He told police he knew the gunwoman and identified her as Gollihugh.
Police arrested Gollihugh on Thursday afternoon at a Tomales Road address near the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Two Rock. A Coast Guard newsletter dated Oct. 15 listed Gollihugh as a member of Communications Area Master Station Pacific, or CAMSPAC, a Point Reyes-based hub for ship-to-shore communications and weather advisories.
Gollihugh was "recently" discharged from the service, said Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. Conroy said she had no information on when or why Gollihugh was discharged.
Gollihugh's mother was arrested Thursday night when Petaluma and Novato police tracked her down at a homeless encampment off Petaluma Boulevard, said Novato police Lt. Keith Heiden.
The investigation was continuing Friday, and the third woman remained at large. Police did not say whether they know who she is.
Police said the gun allegedly used in the robbery has been recovered, along with property taken from the home. Novato police Sgt. Jennifer Welch said the gun is not a military weapon.
The house where the incident occurred was the site of a drug raid in April, when the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant and seized more than 500 marijuana plants, 2 pounds of processed pot and equipment for an indoor marijuana farm.
The resident, who is the same man attacked on Wednesday, was identified as David Murray Randolph. He is awaiting trial on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession for sale, the district attorney's office said.
Randolph declined a request made through his defense attorney, Charles Dresow, to discuss the attack.